Prom Dresses to go Home with Scholars

April 10, 2017



A scholar models one of the available dresses. Check out the askcatalyst Instagram to see other dress options – or visit Ms. April’s office.

By Menolly Felzien

The ASK Academy Prom is just around the corner, and it’s important that the attendees are ready for the big night. There is so much that goes into the night, and the costs can eventually add up to more than many families can afford.

 Academy Counselor, April Marquez, has set up a quick and cost-free boutique in her office. People from around the city donated gently used dresses, shoes, and men’s attire, and they are currently up for grabs. 

“Prom can get very expensive,” said Marquez. “There’s dresses, there’s dinners, there’s boutonnieres and corsages, and prom tickets. We thought to help counter that cost, we would ask for donations of dresses.”

She explains the simple system of the donations for someone who may be interested in a prom dress. “Come down, look at them, try them on, choose one and just go home with a free dress.”

Most people end up wearing a prom dress once, so there is no sense in spending upwards f $300 on a dress that will get minimum use.

Johanna Poirier, an ASK Academy Alumni, took  advantage of this opportunity before her prom last year. “I did get a dress that had been donated. Had I not found the dress that I did, I probably would not have even gone to prom.”

Marquez currently has a full rack with dresses in all sizes, lengths, and styles. She also has shoes, and menswear. See April Marquez about prom attire by Friday. 


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