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Arlington, Marysville businesses collecting prom dresses for girls in need

ARLINGTON — Arlington and Marysville businesses are teaming up to help young women in need dress their best for a special night.

"A Beautiful Addiction" Tanning Salon in Arlington and Trusty Threads in Marysville are serving as donation drop-off locations for the Prom Dress Exchange and Fashion Show taking place on Saturday, March 3, in Arlington.

"Prom may be a high school milestone, but the pomp and circumstance surrounding the dance doesn't come cheap, as many parents can testify," said Emily Peterson of "A Beautiful Addiction." "We've partnered with local volunteers looking to cut prom costs for struggling families by hosting a prom dress exchange program, and by providing discounts on prom-related services offered by our local businesses."

Peterson explained that this coordinated collection drive will gift formal evening gowns to several deserving young ladies in the area who wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to go to their proms. The exchange aims to gather gently used evening gowns from a number of women and organizations throughout the community.

"If you know of a young prom-goer who may need a dress, she and others are invited to attend the Prom Dress Exchange," Peterson said. "Girls do not have to prove any need or be from any particular school or city, and there's no charge to attend or get a dress at the exchange."

Peterson noted that private donations to the Arlington Kids' Kloset would be greatly appreciated to help offset the costs of cleaning, altering and storing the gowns.

"Want to donate a dress? It's easy," Peterson said. "Dresses should be in good condition and in a bag of some type. Simply leave the bagged gowns at Trusty Threads in Marysville or 'A Beautiful Addiction' Tanning Salon in Arlington."

Both businesses are open seven days a week, and dresses will be accepted from now until March 1. No appointment is necessary.

The Prom Dress Exchange and Fashion Show will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at 135 S. French Ave. in Arlington.

"A Beautiful Addiction" Tanning Salon is located in Suite 4 at 430 N. West Ave. in Arlington, and can by reached by phone at 360-435-3899.

Trusty Threads is located at 1520 Fourth St. in Marysville, and can be reached by phone at 360-474-4544.

For more information, log onto www.thepromcloset.com.

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