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“Lauren and Elaina’s Prom Closet" provides clothing, salon services

An event honoring two Clarke students killed in an accident earlier this year will help high school girls take part in prom, whether or not they can afford all the frills on their own.

Hannah Baysinger and Bobbie Jubell-Cook decided to organize a collection of donated shoes and dresses to help save young women money. 

“They shouldn’t think of this as a hand out,” said Jubell-Cook. “It’s a hand up!”

“Lauren and Elaina’s Prom Closet,” takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at 113 E. Washington St., next to the newspaper office.  

“Girls will be able to come pick a dress of their choice,” said Baysinger. “We will have dresses of all size, colors and styles. They are all gently used and kindly donated.”

Additional services will be available April 21 - 22 at the same location, helping girls with their hair and make-up leading up to the Clark and Murray proms. 

“They will have the opportunity to sign up for nail appointments all week leading up to those prom dates,” said Baysinger. Karla Ciecelone is donating her time and supplies.

Though they brought details together quickly and collected over 35 dresses and a dozen pairs of shoes, Baysinger and Jubell-Cook are new friends who saw a common goal. They have started collected men’s shoes as well. 

“I would love to help guys too,” said Jubell-Cook. “I am trying to figure out away to do that.”

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