Prom made possible

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PHOENIX -- The cafeteria at South Mountain High School looked like a bustling salon as some lucky teens got pampered for free for prom Saturday night.

Marshelle Coleman of Wifey Couture organized the event, now in its seventh year.

"We understand it's hard times right now," she explained. "A lot of people don't have that extra money to buy that beautiful dress or shoes and accessories that their daughter needs, or get their hair and makeup professionally done."

The event is a collaboration of hair stylists, makeup artists and businesses who donated prom dresses and shoes.

For about 60 girls, it means they will get the true prom experience.

"They are angels, wonderful. Love them," one student said with a big smile.

Trying on her dress, another squealed, "Oh, it makes me feel like a princess."

To be eligible for the event, South Mountain students had to turn in an essay on what they plan to do with their future. From there, they were able to pick a dress, jewelry and shoes.

The best 10 essays were chosen and those girls got the full prom treatment.

For the folks who donated their time to do hair and makeup, this was all about giving back to the community.

"I know when I was in that same position, it cost a lot to go to prom and everybody doesn't always have the resources to go," makeup artist Jermeise Maclin remembers when she was a teenager. "And you want it to be a memorable experience. It's something you'll always carry with you and I wanted to provide that."

No one is more thankful than these girls, who are now ready to wow everyone at prom.

"I'm grateful because everything was free," said Dyshawnda Fowler. "And if it wasn't, it would be a hassle on my family and everything."