Aly's Prom Closet opens for 13th year

Reported by: Alyx Sacks
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Updated: 2/25/2014 1:45 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Between ticket prices, attire, dinner, and transportation, the price tag on prom night can be a hefty one. A store dedicated to helping those who are financially challenged get a dress or tuxedos for the big night opens Tuesday.

Aly's Prom Closet is filled with donated dresses, shoes, jewelry, everything to suit up a teen for prom. In the last twelve years, Aly's Prom Closet has helped more than 3,100 local teens attend their high school prom.

"It's really interesting to see the demeanor of these young women and young men who come in and they're like 'Well, I didn't really want to go to prom,' and these girls will put on a dress, they stand up straighter, they are beaming, and they walk out holding their head high," Aly's Prom Closet Program Chair Becky Blank said.

Aly's Prom Closet is a program founded in 2002 by Family Counseling Service of Northern Nevada, a local non-profit organization. The store is staffed purely by volunteers and is a self-sustaining program that relies on donations from the community, cash or clothing.

Aly's Prom Closet is named after a Bishop Manogue graduate Aly Christiansen. Christiansen was was killed in a car accident back in 2001 when she was away at college at UNLV. Blank says the program exemplifies her daughter's spirit and caring for others. Blank says Aly would have loved to see the smiles on all of the teens faces when they come to the store.

The store is located on the second floor of Shoppers Square Mall on the corner of Plumb Lane and Virginia St. For more information on Aly's Prom Closet, click here.
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