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New, gently worn prom gowns offered by boutique

EAST FRANKLIN -- Finding the right prom dress can be a challenge. And even after deciding on that perfect gown, it is often out of reach because of the price. But on Saturday, one local store will offer students the latest styles for deeply discounted prices.

Shine Again Boutique in West Kittanning will host a prom dress fashion show starting at 10 a.m., providing shoppers with the opportunity to purchase gowns after the show.

"A lot of the dresses still have price tags on them," said Amanda Wynkoop, the boutique's operations manager.

Wynkoop said that most of the dresses are brand new, donated by Exquisite Bride, Murrysville; Seton Hill University, Greensburg; and Flemming's Bridal Elegance, Indiana.

Gowns that retailed in the $300 and $500 price range will now cost between $5 and $50 at Shine Again prices.

Kelli Alfieri, of Seton Hill University, said the university's Communications Club collected new dresses from Exquisite Bride, The Winner, The Prom Shoppe, White Orchid, Sisters II and Mkaysha's for a similar program. After their event was over, they donated the remaining 90 dresses to the West Kittanning store for Saturday's prom fashion show and sale.

Wynkoop said that the store sold discounted prom dresses last year, but this year will be their first fashion show.

"Last year, a majority of the dresses sold on the day (of the sale)," she said. "This year, we have more dresses, close to 200. We have had people coming in every day to ask about the dresses."

The collection includes a variety of sizes and styles that reflect the latest trends. Wynkoop did a lot of style research and said that black and white gowns are in this year as well as prints and dresses with a lot of sparkle. Short dresses are also very popular, she said, adding that they have quite a few to choose from.

Mia McMillen, welfare initiatives program administrator of theTri-County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. which operates Shine Again, said the store is a community service site that provides training and work experience to clients entering the work force. The store also operates the Pennsylvania WorkWear program which provides clothing assistance for those who are preparing to enter the work force.

All the proceeds from the prom dress sale go to the Department of Public Welfare, which ultimately comes back into the store, said McMillen.

Wynkoop said Saturday's event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available and a number of gift baskets, donated by local businesses, will be raffled to benefit the store's programs.

Raffle items were donated by Beauty Connection, Kit-Tanning Tans, Fantastic Sam's Dizzy Lizzie's, Helmet's Tanning,

Bernot's Beauty Salon, John Curtis Salon, Purple Pinkie, Tamicuts, Sirena's Pizza, Hair Expressions, Theresa's Royal Allegheny, Bronze Beauty Tanning & Formal, Y108, McDonald's in East Franklin, Nail's 99, Kittanning Beauty School, Pizza Hut, KFC/Taco Bell in East Franklin.

Advertising was provided by Allegheny Real Estate and Mel's Pizzeria.

Additional Information:

Prom fashions

What: Prom fashion show and sale of gently used and new prom gowns for $5 to $50.

Where: Shine Again Boutique, Hillcrest Center, 245 Butler Road, across from Auto Zone in West Kittanning.

When: Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Also: Refreshments, gift bags, raffles.

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