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United Way helps make prom dreams come true for Lincoln County teens

 

Contributed United Way Teen Board members Seattle Kiser, Rebecca Barnes, and Alex Rosales stand with prom dresses that they are giving away during their prom dress drive.

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United Way Teen Board members Seattle Kiser, Rebecca Barnes, and Alex Rosales stand with prom dresses that they are giving away during their prom dress drive.

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

Through the aid of United Way of Lincoln County’s Teen Board, several Lincoln County teen girls will be able to fulfill a much-anticipated high school dream this year and attend prom.

The local nonprofit will hand out 40 new and gently-used prom dresses 4-6 p.m. Friday at their facility on West Water Street in Lincolnton.

It is the second weekend in a row that United Way has offered the dress drive.

Officials said they opted to extend the effort due to the significant amount of remaining dresses.

With the exception of last year, the organization’s Teen Board has carried out the effort annually since 2008, Board Chair Susan Johnson told the Times-News.

Johnson also serves on the organization’s board of directors.

The Teen Board primarily seeks dresses for the drive but on occasion has taken donated jewelry and handbags or “any other accessories…to complete the outfits,” Johnson said.

Officials and volunteers alike always look forward to the teens’ shocked expressions when they enter the dress-filled area.

“The look alone…when they come in and see all of these gorgeous dresses is just priceless,” Johnson said. “Half the fun is watching them try on…and getting excited about going to prom. They are so appreciative.”

The special effort not only promotes the idea that everyone should have the chance to attend prom but also the importance of community giving.

“It is important for the teens to be able to give back to the community and raise awareness of those who may not be as fortunate,” Johnson said.

Comprised mostly of Lincoln County high school seniors, United Way’s Teen Board was established in 2007 and currently consists of seven members.

The board’s mission is to encourage fellow teens and alert area residents of certain community needs.

Additional fundraisers the Teen Board carries out during the year include a coat drive and angel tree each Christmas at the Department of Social Services. The group also participates in area staples such the Apple Festival, Taste of Lincolnton, Hog Happenin’ and more.

For questions or more information on Friday’s dress giveaway, call the local United Way office at (704) 732-8055.

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