Prom season is right around the corner, but between dinner, flowers, and the perfect dress, the price of the night adds up quickly. New Life Baptist Church in Auburn held its seventh annual All Dressed Up event, providing dresses, doing hair, and helping with make-up, all free of charge.
"There are some people like me who can't really afford prom dresses and stuff like that, so I think it's actually a really good thing that they do every year. I love it," said one attendee, Christina Vinson.
The event started as a way to help mothers in the area give their daughters a special night. Coordinator Melissa Jones says that's something that hits close to home.
"I know what it's like when your daughter comes up and says, 'I've been invited to the prom.' It's a magical moment... but then the prom tickets are $65 and then you've got to go out to eat. It's a competition. You've got to have the best dress, the right make-up, you've got to have the right hairstyle... and so as a mom, I want to provide that for my daughter," she said.
Melissa and her team transform their sanctuary into a dress boutique. Girls say when they first walk in, it's beyond anything they could have imagined.
"I was like wow. Like it's so much bigger than what I thought it would be. It's so much bigger than just dresses and shoes. I walked in and there was make-up and nails and hair. It's just really great," said Whitney Satterly, who attended the event for her third year.
For many, what starts as a fun day with friends turns into something more.
"I thought, you know, a couple friends, we'd have some fun, but when I really came here and I seen all the other girls and all of the helpers and everybody in here working together to try and find you the dress. I mean it's just awesome," remembered Jessie Lack. Jessie attended the event for two years before returning this year as a helper.
All Dressed Up relies entirely on donations from individuals and businesses to provide everything the girls to have a night to remember.