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Brooklyn Students Get Free Prom Dresses At ‘Belle Of The Ball’ Event

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A student tries on a prom dress at the "Belle of the Ball" event. (credit: CBS 2)

A student tries on a prom dress at the “Belle of the Ball” event. (credit: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — To help offset the rising cost of attending prom, a Brooklyn community organization gave away dresses for students in financial hardship.

The Brooklyn College Community Partnership (BCCP) held its 2nd Annual “Belle of the Ball” prom dress giveaway for students involved in the organization’s after-school program.

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Two hundred students attended the event at Brooklyn College, where over 300 dresses lined the racks, walls and doors.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports From Brooklyn College

One student, named “Angelina,” spotted the perfect dress for her prom.

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“I found this purple, lavender dress and it’s really long and I love it,” she told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones while displaying the dress.

Shoes, handbags and even makeup were donated in addition to the dresses.

One of the organizers, Denise Paige, said all of the donated items were “all current fashion.”

“You know it’s not the old lady, frumpy. It’s not their mom’s prom dress,” she said.

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