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Pick out a special dress for free

More than 450 short and long dresses have been gathered for this Saturday's Prom Dress Exchange.


Twins Bree and Iza Narag, who attend Marysville-Pilchuck High School, are first-year models for the Prom Dress Exchange Fashion Show.

The third annual Prom Dress Exchange, set for Saturday, March 22, at Damascus Road Church in Marysville, will offer a selection of more than 450 formal dresses, both long and short, that are free to those who attend. The church is located at 1050 State Avenue.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with a fashion show featuring local students modeling 60 of the available gowns. Shopping starts at noon and continues until 2 p.m.

The first 25 attendees will receive a "swag bag" filled with goodies from local merchants, and everyone in attendance before noon gets a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes donated by What's Bloomin' Now, The Vintage Violet, Trusty Threads, The Sun Factory and other local businesses.

Girls do not have to prove any need or attend a particular school in order to participate in the event, and there is no charge to attend or to pick out a dress. A suggested donation of $10 helps offset the cost of cleaning and storage, but is not required.

This year event volunteers have also been collecting boys' formal attire and a selection of tuxes and suits will be available.

The style of dresses has also expanded, to include selections that are appropriate for eighth grade graduations and other non-prom activities, with both floor-length and knee-length fashions.

Volunteer organizers for the event include Renae James, LeAlyce Miller and Anita O'Sullivan. Trusty Threads in Marysville and The Silver Hangar in Arlington have served as dropoff points for donated gowns.


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