Free dresses and more at the Prom Dress Extravaganza at Meadowbrook Public Library

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — It’s almost prom season and with that comes a list of to-dos, including figuring out who your date will be, how you’ll get there, and perhaps the most stressful and costly item on the list – the outfit.

On March 5, Meadowbrook Public Library is hosting its 8th Annual Prom Dress Extravaganza to help make prom memorable without the pressure of spending an excessive amount of money for the one-time event.

More 400 gowns will be on display for students to choose from in sizes ranging from zero to 28. The dresses are free. In addition to taking home a free dress, students can pick out a free pair of shoes, clutch, and jewelry donated by Paparazzi Bling.

The library collects new and gently used dresses all year round. Library staff members and volunteers sort through the donated dresses, making sure they are in very good condition before they are made available as an option for the event.

This year the library received a donation of suits, so young men can participate.

Event sponsors have donated food gift cards and baskets, so whether or not, a student finds an item to take home, they have a chance of winning in the raffle.

“It’s fulfilling watching the young women pick out a dress that’s the perfect fit,” said Denise Lane, a library staff member, who has participated in the extravaganza for six years.

Regardless of a person’s economic background, all are invited to take part in this event, even if it’s only to put their name in the raffle. Juniors and seniors from Montgomery and Floyd Counties, as well as, the New River Valley are invited to participate.

“The library is more than about books,” said Cindy Minnick, the library branch supervisor.

“The library offers these kinds of programs because we want to help our community.”

The event will be held on March 5, from 3:30-6 p.m. at the Meadowbrook Public library, located at 267 Alleghany Spring Rd. in Shawsville.

For those who can’t make the event, call Cindy Minick, at (540) 268-1964 to make an appointment to check out dresses.

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