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News about Howard County Red Cross chapter resells prom dresses

Posted Jan 22 2013 1:26am

One lucky girl looking for a prom dress could end up with a pageant gown worn by a reigning Miss Maryland, who has donated her pink, fluffy, beaded dress to Long Dresses for Prom.


The Howard County chapter of the American Red Cross is hosting the resale event for donated, gently worn prom dresses, party dresses, pageant dresses and dress accessories as a way to provide assistance to girls looking for just the right prom dresses without the eye-popping price tags.

Prices range from $25 to $75, and Red Cross officials say that all of the proceeds will go to the organization.


Among those taking part in the event are Cara Marrero, the 2011 North American Miss pageant's Miss Maryland. She has donated 17 dresses this year, including her mother's prom dress and her pageant dress.

"I'm donating that dress because I want to see someone really enjoy their night and look like a princess," said Marrero of her donation.

Also on sale will be donated shoes, and the event will feature jewelry vendors and limousine companies. Local companies have offered dry-cleaning services, clothing racks and use of trucks to transport the La femme dresses 2013.

Jody Aud, board chairwoman for the Howard County chapter of the Red Cross, said the project was launched in part to "create awareness that the Red Cross was not about just large disasters around the world, but that there's a lot of work being done right here in Howard County."

Marrero, who became involved with the Red Cross during the organization's Baltimore Running Festival last year, is slated to attend the boutique sale and speak to youngsters about being involved in the Red Cross.

The Red Cross conducts Project Prom Dress, in its second year, with Coldwell Banker-Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City, which is the drop-off site for items through Feb. 17. The dresses will be dry-cleaned and resold at a one-day boutique on Feb. 26 at the Dancel Family Center Y in Ellicott City.

She said the project was also born of necessity: One of her daughters is a sophomore in high school and eventually will be looking for her own prom dress.


"I started thinking, 'Gosh, I can't think about the money that's involved sometimes in prom dresses,'" said Aud. "We came up the idea to recycle prom dresses, but do it in a way that would raise money for the Red Cross."

Last year, the organization collected 600 dresses. As of Wednesday, it had collected about 450 dresses for this year's sale. Aud said that most of the prom dresses  from were made within the past four years.

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