Ladies Auxiliary helps make prom dreams come true


Prom is coming up on May 4, and for some, the hundreds of dollars for the cost of prom dresses can seem an insurmountable obstacle. The Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion in Brandon has over 50 dresses ready to wear that they are giving away.

Auxiliary President Lisa Mahoney and executive director Ally Brown, along with the help of many others, have collected donated prom dresses from around the area.

Their goal is to help any girl who needs it to have a dress to wear for prom.

“We have dresses from size two to 26,” said Colleen Wright, who has helped gather up the donated dresses. “From short to long and modest to something a little less modest.”

Wright said they put out a request on Facebook asking for donations of prom-style dresses and the response was overwhelming.

“We had people donating dresses from Middlebury to Manchester,” she said. “The only thing we asked was that the dresses be in style. We didn’t want to give some kid an out-of-style dress to wear to prom.”

The dresses will all be given out on April 28 at the American Legion in a small get-together that will also have tea and cookies. Any dresses not given away will be donated to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta, who offers programs for kids who have or have had cancer.

The dresses are for any student in the area that needs a dress, not just for Otter Valley students. There are also no financials to disclose to receive a dress. Anyone interested in a dress can email for more information.“This is our first year doing this, and we’re really excited by the response so far,” Wright said. “Our hope is that once people know it’s available, they’ll know they have options when it comes to prom for their kids.”

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