Ann Arbor Prom Dress Project Sale on March 12 makes the big dance more affordable

Donations of clean, in-style, gently used prom dresses are needed

Story and photo by Jo Mathis
AAPS District News Editor

Jan Wery’s basement is overflowing with prom dresses—and she’s hoping for more.

Jan Wery is shown last year ironing one of the 300 or so dresses that will be offered at the Prom Dress sale from noon to 4 p.m. March 12 at the Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road.

“My goal is to have dresses available to all Ann Arbor Public School area students,” said Wery.

Those gowns and many more will be featured at the fifth annual Ann Arbor Prom Dress Project Sale to be held Sunday, March 12 from noon to 4 p.m. at The Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Road at US-23.

Clean, in-style, gently used prom dresses will be sold for $25 or less, cash only. The sale is open to all high school students. Every dress is in like-new condition and has been expertly cleaned and repaired.

“Every girl should be able to go to their prom if they want to,” says Wery.

Wery said she got the idea while volunteering at the Ann Arbor Thrift Shop, where she saw many donations of prom dresses that simply weren’t seen by the high school girls who could use them.   She decided there needed to be a special time and place for these dresses to be seen and tried on.

Most of the dresses come from mothers cleaning out closets, as well as young women heading off for college or careers who realize they’ll never wear their prom dresses again, Wery said.

Dresses are accepted throughout the year but must be donated before March 1 to be included in the March 12 sale.

Email to arrange to donate your dress.


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