Lakeside student's prom dress drive 'a blessing'

160 teenagers pick up free outfit

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 A prom dress couldn't come any cheaper for Steffanie Harris. The Harlem High School senior walked away Saturday with the perfect dress free of charge, thanks to another student's senior project.

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Alyssa Lamb (center) and her sister Kayla, both seniors at Greenbrier High School, try on prom dresses during the Formally Yours event at Crossbridge Baptist Church on Saturday morning.  Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Alyssa Lamb (center) and her sister Kayla, both seniors at Greenbrier High School, try on prom dresses during the Formally Yours event at Crossbridge Baptist Church on Saturday morning.

"It's a single mom's lifesaver," said Shelly Harris, Steffanie's mother. "It's just such a relief, and my baby looks beautiful in her dress."

Brianna Murphy, a senior at Lakeside High School, said she didn't know what to expect when she decided to collect formal dresses, shoes and accessories to give away as part of her senior project.

On Saturday, she invited area high school girls to browse through 599 dresses, more than 70 pairs of shoes and an array of jewelry and purses.

A bridal company and dress shop provided about 70 dresses, but the rest were donated by the community.

"For a while I was picking up 50 to 75 dresses from (Tudor's) Dry Cleaners," Murphy said.

Carloads of teenage girls, with their mothers in tow, arrived at Crossbridge Baptist Church as early as 10 a.m. to oooh and ahhh over the selections.

Overall, 160 girls came by throughout the day.

Lynnice Beard, a Lincoln County High School senior, called it "a blessing" and walked away with an orange dress and matching shoes.

"My main goal in all of this is to get these dresses out and let the girls have their special night and the confidence that every girl should be able to enjoy," Murphy said.

With college around the corner, Murphy doesn't know what the future holds for the project, but she said she hopes to make it a recurring event.

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cshell960
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cshell960 02/07/10 - 11:35 am
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This young lady gave more

This young lady gave more than dresses, she gave memories that will last a live time.

WW1949
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WW1949 02/07/10 - 04:51 pm
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It makes my day to see

It makes my day to see someone do something like this for the young girls that cannot afford the expensive dresses. Long live her ways.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 02/08/10 - 08:12 am
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Great story, although I don't

Great story, although I don't remember seeing any media leading up to it, hopefully next time the word can get out to more girls but a wonderful thing that this young lady did. 599 dresses and 160 girls showed up leaves alot of dresses for next year .

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redapples 02/08/10 - 10:25 pm
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It is so refreshing to see a

It is so refreshing to see a young person use their entrepreneurial spirit to give back to the community. What a great way to use the required senior project in a self-less manner.

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jamesaaronsnow 02/09/10 - 08:51 pm
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this is good stuff

this is good stuff

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Back to story 02/10/10 - 12:02 pm
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What a brilliant idea! Those

What a brilliant idea! Those dresses are expensive and for the most part are only used once, to recycle them makes good sense. Now, how about someone recycling bridesmaids dresses?

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Brenda_G 02/11/10 - 11:05 am
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What a wonderful young

What a wonderful young lady!!! She represents her family well and others would do well to emulate her.

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