NEWBURGH - On Wednesday, April 30, 2014, Newburgh Free Academy held a gently-loved prom dress sale in the school’s bookstore. Dresses were marked for $10 each and the proceeds from all sales go to the Class of 2015 to help offset prom costs next year. Junior class students, led by co-advisors Sandy Baines and Michele Bender, supervised the collection drive and in total had nearly 250 dresses on display for sale.
According to sale organizers, the donated dresses came from faculty, staff, community members, as well as current and former students. Local bridal shops also donated dresses to the sale, some of which were brand new, and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital donated dresses from a similar sale held earlier this year.
In addition to generosity in the school, Exclusive Dry Cleaners of Newburgh Owner Eric Levinson agreed to dry-clean gowns purchased from the sale for an additional $10 if the student brought a slip signed by advisors from the event.
Junior class president Samara Clark explained that the program makes the prom affordable for all students and allows students to attend without incurring large expenses. Baines stated that the sale will continue right up until the day of NFA’s senior prom on June 6.