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Making A Difference: Scott Co. Non-Profit Hopes To Make Prom Possible

Posted: 4:39 PM, Apr 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-08 18:29:43-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Scott County non-profit is hoping that you’ll help some students get the things they need to go to prom.

“There are probably those young ladies who are probably not even considering going to prom, because of the expense their family would have to make just to make that night happen,” said Michelle Carlisle, the executive director of the Amen House.

A recent money.com study said that the average American family spends $919 on prom. To eliminate the dilemma for those families who just can’t afford the price, the Amen House in Scott County is stepping in.

“It’s really a pretty expensive endeavor, so we decided that people have dozens of dresses probably if they go to cotillion or different things at school,” said Amen House volunteer Teri Budde.

For Prom 2020, the Amen House hopes to provide a full-service prom boutique. They need help from the community and they are asking anyone with a prom dress at home to pass it on so someone else can enjoy it.

“We’re hoping that after prom Saturday, at least for Scott County, that everyone will want to bring their dresses in, and their tiaras, and their necklaces, so we can use them next year,” said Budde.

Having a prom is not a life-or-death situation, but it is something that matters to some students and can give students an emotional boost they may not otherwise get.

“We just don’t want anyone to be left behind just because they don’t have a dress,” said Carlisle.

The Amen House is now taking donations. They are accepting gently-used special occasion dresses, jewelry, and accessories of all kinds. You can drop off items on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m.- noon, and on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can also drop off items the third Saturday of every month from 9 a.m. to noon.

Items can be dropped off at 319 E. Main Street, Georgetown, Kentucky. You can also contact 502-863-5305 with any questions.