Cinderella's Closet is an economical answer to that pricey prom dress

March 08, 2013|By DON AINES |
  • Washington County Technical High School juniors Kelsey Cooper, left, and Cheyanne Morgan tried on several dresses Friday evening during the annual Cinderella's Closet event at Washington County Technical High School.
By Joe Crocetta/Staff Photographer

For most young women, the high school prom is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and probably the only time they will wear that pricey prom dress.

The economical answer to prom night was at Cinderella’s Closet on Friday at the Washington County Technical High School. More than 200 dresses and gowns, shoes and other accouterments for a magical evening were on sale at prices no higher than $50, said Marjorie Kellman, a Health Occupations teacher and Skills USA leads advisor at the school.

On the high end of the haute couture scale were new dresses donated by Potomac Bridals in Hagerstown and others from a store that recently closed in Waynesboro, Pa., Kellman said.

There were also classic garments, including a 1952 eighth-grade prom dress donated by a local woman, Kellman said.

Among the garments were gowns worn by Miss Queen State Audreanna Colombo of Hagerstown. The Hagerstown Community College sophomore said she and her sister “cleaned out our pageant closet in the basement” for the event.

Kelsey Cooper, a junior pre-engineering student at Tech High, donated five dresses, and hoped to leave with a new outfit for the prom.

Beverly Wells, a Hagerstown Community College student, was there to give younger sister Nikki, a Health Occupations junior at Tech High, pointers on picking evening wear.

One girl traveled to Washington County for a bargain.

“We heard about it on Facebook from one of my mom’s friends,” said Emily Kline, who attends Catoctin High School in Thurmont, Md. She picked out a purple prom dress and black shoes.

Cinderella’s Closet has been held annually for five years, with students such as Catherine Jeter, a Health Occupations student and Skills USA Student Government Association officer, doing the collecting, sorting, marketing and other behind the scenes work.

For Tech High students only, the real bargains are next week when remaining stock is half price, Kellman said.

Some unsold outfits will go to the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts, the Smithsburg High School Drama Club and a nursing home that holds its own “senior prom,” Kellman said.

The best unsold dresses will be rolled over to next year’s sale, Kellman said.

Cinderella’s Closet benefits the Humane Society of Washington County and last year’s event raised about $1,700, said Katherine Cooker, the society’s manager of Development and Community Relations.

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