Organization helps high school girls dress for prom

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PHOENIX -- Going to the prom is something every one remembers when they were in high school.

It's an important event, but a lot of times such an event can be very pricey and with so many moms and dads out of work these days, buying a prom dress for their daughter probably isn't high on the priority list.

Fairy Godmothers

Prom Fair: Feb. 21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 22, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Shiloh Community Church 19021 N. 32nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85050

But we found a little-known secret that definitely saves the day.

Every time 18-year-old Angelica Capers looks at her prom dress from last year she remembers what a great time she had. She also remembers how it almost didn't happen.

"I felt sad when I went to school and at lunch everybody was asking, 'Why are you crying?' and I said, 'Because I can't go to prom," Capers said.

Capers said she couldn't go because finances were just too tight and prom dresses were pricey. She and her parents just couldn't afford it, but then a fairy godmother popped into her life.

Joyce Jesko is the founder of an organization here in Phoenix called Fairy Godmothers.

"We're an organization that helps high school girls attend their prom," Jesko said.

They do that by collecting gown donations all year long and then hosting what's called a Prom Fair each year. It's a place girls like Capers can go and shop for a dress -- a dress they can afford.

"We charge a donation of $5," she said.

That's right, for $5 girls can go through racks of dresses and find their perfect match. And it's not just dresses Fairy Godmothers has, it's all the accessories a girl needs to make her whole prom outfit and all for a price they can afford.

"All the accessories are $1," Jesko said. "If we have evening bags, they could be $3."

"I was so excited I wanted to jump off the walls," Capers said. "I was like, 'Oh my gosh. I'm so happy."

For $5 Capers was able to buy her dress and go to prom -- an experience she never thought she'd get.

"I felt like I was somebody else, like a famous person, like a celebrity," she said.

It's an experience she says she'll never forget, especially every time she looks at her dress.

"It brings back a lot of fun, happy memories because I know I can't do that ever again," Capers said.

The Prom Fair is basically a gown shop this organization sets up at a location for one weekend before prom. This year's Prom Fair will be held Feb. 21 and 22 at the Shiloh Community Church in Phoenix.