Main Street Store in Albion has prom dresses for free for local girls

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 20 February 2023 at 8:12 am

Store receives donation of many new and gently-worn dresses

Photos by Ginny Kropf: An array of prom dresses are available at Community Action’s Main Street Store, and along with tips on makeup and accessories, will be free to any girl in Orleans County. Store manager Cassie Eagle, pictured, came up with the idea last year.

ALBION – Cassie Eagle, manager of Community Action’s Main Street Store, is a firm believer no girl should miss her senior prom because she can’t afford a dress.

Eagle was appointed manager of the store last year, and shortly after a large donation of prom dresses was received. Some are gently worn, but many others are brand new. They are all colors, sizes and styles.

Originally Eagle thought she would have a special sale and offer the dresses at a low cost, but then the idea hit her to offer them free, so every girl could have the opportunity to go her prom, regardless of their financial situation.

Cassie Eagle, manager of Community Action’s Main Street Store, shows some of the prom dresses which will be given free to girls in any Orleans County school.

After getting approval from her supervisors, Eagle contacted Albion school and the Orleans/Niagara BOCES. After much planning, they are on board with the idea.

On a designated day in May, High School Principal Jenn Ashbery will bring a cosmetology class from BOCES on a field trip to Albion High School. During the day, high school girls can come in and learn how to do simple updos and makeup from the cosmetology students. Students will be asked to bring their own makeup and hair supplies.

Later on the chosen day, Eagle will open the Main Street Store at 6 p.m. and invite girls from any Orleans County school to come and pick out a prom dress.

“We will be reminding them that after their prom they can donate the dresses back so we have them for next year,” Eagle said. “I plan to make this an annual event.”

The Main Street Store will also have shoes and handbags, along with hair styling items for sale at this time. Eagle is encouraging girls to pre-register for the event.

The store will be looking for volunteers to help the girls that night and anyone interested in helping can call 589-1430.

Eagle is also going to ask some of the students from BOCES to come in that night and help the girls. It is hoped those who are able will give tips to the BOCES stylists.

Eagle is hoping to solicit donations of makeup and hair products from local beauty shops, as well as monetary donations from any business who would like to support this event.

“Everyone so far is excited and ready to get this going,” Eagle said. “It is much bigger than anything I imagined when I first started it, so I am open to any help or ideas.”

Dresses are available in every color. Many are long gowns, some are mid length and others are minis. Sizes range from 1 to 23.

The exact date will be announced as soon as it is approved.