Two IUPUC students hope to make prom more affordable for local high school students.

Molly Sherman and Payton Hilderbrand are having an open house at Sherman’s home, 2029 Iroquois Trail, this weekend that will feature more than 50 donated prom dresses that may be purchased at a low cost or will be given away free.

The dresses, ranging in sizes 00 to 22, are in different styles and colors. Jewelry and shoes also will be available.

Sherman came up with the idea after hearing that some local residents were having difficulty selling their prom dresses on social media and thought the event would give prom-goers an opportunity to find a dress they might like.

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Many of the pro-goes can not afford a dress.

Sherman’s mother, Sandy, said the event at her home will give teenagers in the area options in securing prom items. Cash or checks will be accepted and all prices will be negotiable, she said.

Prom dress open house

What: More than 50 prom dresses in different sizes, styles and colors will be available, along with jewelry and shoes.

When: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday

Where: 2029 Iroquois Trail, Columbus


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