MALONE — Gently used prom gowns and other dresses will be sold at drastically reduced prices Thursday to benefit memorial projects in three area school districts.Teens and others in the community who want to find bargain prices on expensive semi-formal wear are invited to shop the selection of donated gowns and dresses at Franklin Academy High School in Malone at 6 p.m. Thursday.The clothing has been donated in the Malone Central, Brushton-Moira Central and Chateaugay Central school districts.So far, nearly 100 dresses in a variety of sizes, styles and fabrics will be in the sale, which will be held in the lobby closest to the football field, said Jennifer Massaro, co-chair of Malone's Memorial Garden project. Visitors should follow the sidewalk to the rear of the building and watch for the balloons.Rest rooms will be available for women to try on dresses in privacy.Prices have been slashed to about one-third their original ticketed price."You'll be able to get a $300 dress for $100," she said.But, there's more.Anyone who has already donated a dress or anyone who brings one that night to donate will be issued a coupon for an additional 25 percent off the purchase of another dress."We're encouraging everyone in the community to come and shop," Massaro said, adding that eighth-graders are welcome to find something for their June dance. Older teens looking for a new prom gown and those who need a dress for next year's homecoming dance may also want to attend.The money made on the dresses will go toward memorial projects and scholarship programs at each school.To donate a dress or for information, call Franklin Academy at 483-7807, Brushton-Moira Central at 529-7342 or Chateaugay Central at 497-6611.In Malone, the money will fund a memorial garden on the east side of the High School, where preliminary landscaping and planting started last year.It is a way for the school and community to honor and remember Franklin Academy students who have died."The stones are placed, and the walkways are down," Massaro said."We planted bulbs last fall, and if spring was here, you might be able to see all the flowers," she said with a laugh. "We should be able to see the tulips and daffodils."A pergola, an arbor and a foot bridge are all under construction."We're hoping to have another planting day on June 2 and have tentatively set a ribbon cutting for June 6," Massaro said.Donations of plants and trees in memory of students or anyone else in the community are also being accepted. A campaign is expected to get under way closer to Memorial Day where businesses will be asked to contribute plants and materials.Already, 36 people have been identified for inclusion in the memorial garden.
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