Prom Dress Boutique offers deal for seniors

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The senior prom is just around the corner and Valencia County girls are in high gear to find their special dresses and put together a sensational look for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Photo courtesy of Los Lunas Parks and Recreation Department: Los Lunas High School seniors Teyana Gonzales, left, and Mikayla Weisman, right, model prom dresses from Prom Dress Boutique for the fashion show Sunday, March 24.

The Prom Dress Boutique has been like a fairy godmother for the past three years, providing dresses for high school students.

This year, the village of Los Lunas partnered with Prom Dress Boutique-Valencia County to host a fashion show with donated prom dresses for any senior high school girl in Valencia, Socorro and Torrence counties.

The fashion show is free to the public and will include free finger foods, beverages, door prizes and several local business vendor booths.

“We’re trying to get some local businesses to do their hair, to do their makeup, so that girls who may not know what’s available in the community can see what these stylists and makeup artists can do for them,” said Jeralyn Duran, village recreation specialist.

The vendor booths include local beauty salons, flower shops, retail stores and other businesses that received free booth space for donating gift certificates for the event’s door prizes.

The 20 fashion models are high school seniors from the School of Dreams Academy, Los Lunas, Valencia and Belen high schools.

After the show, girls going to the prom can shop for a dress and try on their selections to find the perfect dress in a room large enough for 15 girls at a time.

Prom Dress Boutique was started in Valencia County four years ago by two nurses, Leona Herrell and Kathy Fresquez-Chavez from Valencia Family Medicine.

The nurses had heard about Prom Dress Boutique on an Albuquerque radio station that sponsored the event for several years. When they approached the radio station to find out how to start one in Valencia County, the radio station offered to donate surplus dresses leftover from the Albuquerque event.

This year, the nurses wanted to expand the event to generate more support, dress donations and beauty services for local senior girls.

“More dresses are being picked up in Albuquerque, so less dresses come here,” said Herrell. “Dresses are expensive, like $300.”

“And that’s not including accessories and other expenses,” Duran added.

The event is from 6 to 8 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at the Daniel Fernandez Park Youth Center, 1103 NM 314, in Los Lunas.

Donations will be taken until 5 p.m., Saturday, March 23, and can be dropped off at either Valencia Family Medicine and Express Care clinics, 311 S. Los Lentes, and 1103 Main St., or the Daniel Fernandez Youth Center.

For more information, call Jeralyn Duran at 980-3881, Christy Baca at 480-3706 or Monica Orris at 916-5167.


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