$25 Prom Dresses, Sale Benefits Women's Shelter

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Prom is only a few months away. It's an event many teenage girls look forward to, but from the dress to the shoes to the accessories, paying for prom can get expensive. One Omaha woman is helping out.

It's a dream scenario for many girls, a room filled with prom dresses in every color, shape and size and they all cost just $25. “My best friend told me about it,” said Kim McNamara. “We are cheap people, we are like 25 bucks, that's awesome.”

McNamara and her friend Maggie McElravy go to Millard North High School and were looking for the perfect dress for their senior prom in April. “It's a little stressful, I'm just trying to find the right size and cut that will make you look good,” said McElravy.

They've gone to department stores, but when they heard about the Utlra Chic Prom Boutique event at 72nd and Grover in Omaha, they couldn't pass up the good deal.

Lisa Walker-Sekundiak with Max I. Walker Cleaners came up with the idea a few years ago and the event continues to grow in popularity. “All we do is ask the public each year to donate their gently used or unwanted dresses, we will clean them for free, take them to any location in Omaha and February we have a one dress sale."

All the proceeds go to the Lydia House, which provides safe shelter for women and families, hot meals and after-school programs for children.

Many of the girls said they were thankful for the low price. Plus it makes them feel good to know their money is going toward a good cause. Last year’s event raised $14,000.

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