Updated: April 10, 2014 at 11:19 am
More than 300 prom dresses in a variety of colors and styles that have been around the dance floor a few times are prepping for another date.
In what's being called one of those "win-win" situations, the donated pre-worn prom dresses will be sold for $10 each on Saturday, and all proceeds will benefit displaced and homeless teens.
"It's a roundabout circle," said Angela Cortez, DJ and promotions director for radio station 96.1 The Beat. "Not only do girls get a great dress for $10 but they're helping someone their own age."
Thursday is the last day to donate "gently used" prom dresses. See the accompanying box for drop-off locations.
Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, prom-bound teen girls can belly up to the Beauty Bar, a salon at 26 N. Tejon St., to choose a dress.
Two local Clear Channel radio stations, 96.1 and 99.9, launched the "$10 Prom Dress Sale" to help young women buy dresses at an affordable price for a good cause, Cortez said.
Money raised will support Urban Peak Colorado Springs' youth shelter programs.
"Ten dollars can provide 20 youth in our shelter program a hot breakfast, or it can buy two daylong bus passes so youth can get to job interviews or school," said Shawna Rae Kemppainen, executive director.
More than 2,500 El Paso County K-12 students experienced homelessness in 2013, according to data the Colorado Department of Education released recently. Of those, 600 were teens, some of whom "might be thinking about going to prom, if it weren't for the barriers and challenges they're facing," Kemppainen said.
Some homeless students live in transitional housing or shelters with their families, others find a play to stay temporarily with family or friends, and some are unsheltered, she said.
Last year, Urban Peak Colorado Springs helped 147 youth get off the streets and into safe shelter and on the road to jobs and school.
The organization operates a 20-bed shelter for youths ages 15 to 20.
GED classes, job readiness training, rental assistance to prevent homelessness and other services are offered to youth up to age 24.
"The sale will give many young people who otherwise couldn't afford a prom dress the chance to have a dream night. And the proceeds will make dreams of a better future come true for youth at Urban Peak," Kemppainen said.
Dresses in a wide range of sizes - from zero to 30 - have been donated and will be for sale, Cortez said.
Shoppers will be able to try on dresses at the Beauty Bar, and Cortez recommends wearing sports undergarments for a quick change.
Every girl who goes to the Beauty Bar to purchase a dress during the event or just stops by can enter a drawing for an "ultimate prom experience," which includes limousine service from A Ride in Luxury, flowers from Springs in Bloom, dinner at Colorado Mountain Brewery and hair and makeup by the Beauty Bar.
"We really like that it benefits everybody - teens who maybe can't afford a dress and teens who don't have a home," said Quynh Le, acting manager of the Beauty Bar.
Prom dress drop-off locations
• 96.1 The Beat, 2864 S. Circle Drive, Suite 300
• The Beauty Bar, 26 N. Tejon St. (open until 8 p.m.)
• Super Quality Cleaners (Anyone who donates at one of its locations receives a $20 credit.)
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