Barre business owner aims to make prom possible for all

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A Vermont business owner has one goal this spring—making sure every high school girl across the state has a dress for prom night.
 
The owner of Forget Me Not Flowers and Gifts is working to provide anyone who can’t afford a prom dress with one for free.
 
If we could just give them that one thing, we might be able to make the night that much better for them, Alexis Dexter said.
 
She’s collecting new and gently used dresses for people who might not be able to afford one. She says conversations with people who come into her store for their prom corsages and boutonnieres helped spark the idea.
 
Hearing just the fact that they can’t afford every little thing that goes into prom really got me thinking, Dexter said.
 
On April 27th, she’ll hold the Say Yes to the Prom Dress event. Girls will be able to come by the store, try on different dresses until they find the ideal one to take home absolutely free. So far, Alexis has already received dozens of dresses in all kinds of colors, sizes, and styles.
 
I’ve had everyone from girls who went to prom last year right up to a woman in her late 90’s who gave some vintage dresses that are just gorgeous, Dexter said.
 
Thanks to local businesses, makeup and hair stylists will also be on hand to help. She said it’s all about making sure each and every person can have a night to remember.
 
That’s all I want is for all of these girls to go to prom, feel like they had a great time, feel like they looked good, and not have to look back and say ‘why couldn’t I go’? Dexter said.
 
If you’re interested in attending the Say Yes to the Prom Dress event, you’re encouraged to register here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/say-yes-to-the-prom-dress-tickets-59264815659?fbclid=IwAR0zeZvYW8VFjiizwL16EbqS0UZJ_ND9AzZZ3JXZlBwE124UiVgYXiJwM0U

Dresses can be dropped off at the store in Barre.

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