Sarah Rousseau, a junior at Macon’s Tattnall Square Academy, spent about two hours of her Saturday morning waiting with her mom, Lisa, outside of Warner Robins High School’s cafeteria, hoping to find the perfect prom dress for the perfect price.
After they made their way into the school’s annual Demon Dress Drive, they waited to try on long, sequined red and green dresses, as well as a short pink and black one, in makeshift fitting rooms in the back of the cafeteria.
For six years, Warner Robins High School has been selling donated formal dresses for a fraction of the cost of a new one and donating the proceeds to local organizations that serve children and teens. This year, dresses topped out at $50 each.
“We came last year,” Lisa Rousseau said. “We’re repeat offenders.”
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Last year, Sarah went home with a brand-new long blue dress for $35, with the tags still on the dress.
The pair hoped to have the same luck this year for Sarah’s April 13 prom.
The Demon Dress Drive is run by the school’s student council, and student council sponsor Barbara Hilliard said the event came about in response to students who said they couldn’t afford to go to prom.
“Dresses can have more than one life to them,” Hilliard said. “They don’t need to be hanging (in a closet). Other girls and women can enjoy them, too.”
More than 100 people were in line to buy dresses when the cafeteria’s doors opened at noon Saturday, said Hilliard.
Some lined up as early as 9:30 a.m.
Last year, the Demon Dress Drive raised $4,300, and this year’s proceeds will go to Project Giving, an organization that helps families of chronically ill children, and Houston County’s Sharks Adaptive Sports Team.
The Demon Dress Drive also drew some Macon State College students looking for dresses to wear to their school’s Feb. 11 spring formal.
Jennifer Main, a junior at Macon State College found several dresses, including a short black one with gold stars and moons.
“I did find some really good stuff,” she said. “The prices are impossible to beat.”
Fellow Macon State junior Christina Shubert didn’t have as much luck finding anything but tried on a few dresses while supporting Main and Macon State sophomore Stephanie Miller, all three Warner Robins High School graduates, in their quest.
“I found some hideous things they’re making me wear,” she said. “They don’t really have anything in my size.”
Veterans High School sophomores Cheyenne Daughtry and Anna-Marie Wright stopped by the sale for an upcoming ROTC military ball on Feb. 10.
Wright opted for long, flowing and brightly colored dresses, while Daughtry preferred glitzy dresses in mellow colors. “The dresses are good and for good prices,” Wright said.
“You can’t have enough dresses,” according to Daughtry.
To contact writer Andrea Castillo, call 744-4331.