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South Jersey Teens Heading To Prom Get High-End Dresses At Low Prices

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio)

(Credit: Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio)

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By Hadas Kuznits

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – A local organization is now in its third year of providing high-end prom dresses with low-end price tags to teens.

For just $25, Colleen Sanchez, a senior at Camden Academy Charter High School, got the prom dress of her dreams–plus tailoring.

“I’m so excited, because I know that costs a lot of money to actually get the dress tailored, and once I come out of here, it’s going to be perfect–just for me!” Sanchez exclaimed.

It’s all part of the 3rd annual Promise Boutique at Rutgers-Camden. The event’s founder, Dr. Sharon Stone, says that all the money raised goes back to the organization to help pay for essential costs.

“Rutgers usually gives us the room for free, but we do have to pay for the security and an on-site police officer,” Dr. Stone explained.

And what does this program mean for those teenage girls headed to the prom?

“It means a lot for me, because I know if I wouldn’t have come here, I probably would’ve bought a simple dress, and I wouldn’t have been as happy as I am now,” one future prom-goer said.

So what’s more important, the dress or the date?

“The DRESS! Way more important!”

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