The Norman Transcript

February 1, 2014

Prom Dress Giveaway set

By Jocelyn Pedersen
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The date for an annual Prom Dress Giveaway has been set for Feb. 15 at the Noble Public Schools Administration Building, 111 S. 4th St.

Area girls can shop for free dresses, shoes and accessories from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Any girl attending high school and going to the prom is eligible for a dress,” organizer Michelle Hacker said. “This is the fifth time we have had this, and it grows every year. Hopefully, we will have a good turnout.”

For several years, Hacker has made a difference by helping girls save money on prom dresses. Knowing that senior year can get expensive with yearbooks, graduation announcements and other things, she spends the summer looking for gently-used formal wear to give away at the event. Some of the items are even new.

Hacker doesn’t limit the event to just Noble students. She’s had girls from Little Axe and Shawnee, too. She only asks that girls who shop will attend the prom.

Eliana Potter attended last year’s event and found a floor-length, halter-top dress with fuchsia polka dots on it.

“It had never been worn before. It still had the price tag on it,” Potter said, adding that last year was the first time she had attended the event.

“People there were really nice in helping me find a dress. It took me a while to find one, and they were very patient with me. They had a large variety of dresses there.”

Potter said she has recommended the event to “many people” and she said she thinks she’ll go again this year.

Sylvia Brown said her daughter, Tiphanie Brown, attended the event last year as well and settled on a pink dress that faded to dark purple.

“It was really great,” Sylvia Brown said. “They had tons of dresses. It was really kind of fun. There were lots of girls there and they got to see each other trying dresses on. They had retro dresses, too. It was like a big shopping party.”

Volunteers and dressing rooms will be available at the event.

For more information, call Hacker at 899-4972.

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