Gowns for Your Day helping make prom a magical night

Photo by Erin O’Neill Amy Brockett, an employee of Teri Ann’s in Marietta, organizes some gowns that have been brought to the store to be donated to the Gowns for Your Day event March 2 and 3.

MARIETTA — For the sixth year, Gowns for Your Day will help provide a little bit of magic for every girl who wants to look like a princess for her prom.

The idea was first created in 2013 by Charlotte Cox, an Indianapolis resident, during her last year of college in Toledo. The event, which provides free prom gowns to local high school students, has been held at the Washington County Career Center for the past two years with help from Tassy Yates, a medical billing specialist instructor at the school.

“This is the first year we are doing it over two days to help accommodate more people,” Yates said. “It is so rewarding to see these girls. I was a single mom for 10 years to two daughters and I know these gowns are expensive.”

Over the run of the program, more than 600 gowns, shoes and accessories have been collected to loan to any high school junior or senior.

“We don’t ask for any income verification and this is all completely free,” Yates said.

Reservations must be made via email at gownsforyourday@gmail.com.

The organizers ask that gowns are donated back to be loaned out next year.

Marietta resident Jennifer Pugh, 40, took her daughter and niece to take advantage of the event last year and signed up pretty quickly to return this year.

“They tried on so many dresses and were so excited, they didn’t even want to take them off,” Pugh said.

Both teens were able to wear the dresses to a couple different dances and then donated them back after they were done with them.

“Prom season is so expensive and a lot of times people buy these dresses and never wear them again, so I think this is a wonderful idea,” Pugh said.

Teri Ann Pfeffer, owner of Teri Ann’s at 290 Front St., has been a drop off location for this event in the past and will continue to help out this year.

“I saw this promoted somewhere and I thought it was just a great idea,” she said. “It’s a nice opportunity for girls who maybe can’t afford to buy an expensive gown.”

All sizes and styles are available with several donations having come in already.

“We had a consignment shop bring in 150 dresses. (Alterations by) Carol G has some vests and cummerbunds so there is something for the guys, too,” Yates said.

Donations are still being accepted at Teri Ann’s, the career center, Gift Gallery of Vienna, Marietta Family YMCA and the Yates’ residence at 503 Park St. in Beverly. If you don’t have a gown, shoes or jewelry to donate, gift certificates for such things as nails, dinner out or corsages are also accepted. More information can be found at https://cjcox2492.wixsite.com/gowns4yourday.


Where to Donate

* Teri Ann’s, 290 Front St.

* Washington County Career Center, 27140 Ohio 676

* Gift Gallery of Vienna, 1515 Grand Central Ave.

* Marietta Family YMCA, 300 N. Seventh St.

* Yates residence, 503 Park St., Beverly


If You Go

* What: Gowns for Your Day.

* When: 2 to 5:30 p.m. March 2 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 3

* Where: Washington County Career Center

* Who: Any high school junior or senior in need of a prom gown

* Make an appointment: gownsforyourday@gmail.com