With all the expense that goes into a prom, few schools think about generating funds in any way except ticket sales. However with a little planning an organization can generate extra funds by collecting donated evening gowns prior to the event and sponsoring a prom boutique. Many students may have limited income and purchasing a dress that’s only been used once for a reduced price will help them and produce money for your group or cause. The San Ramon Valley High School Drill in Danville, California, offered dozens of donated prom dresses and evening gowns on sale at bargain-basement prices. While clothing stores charge anywhere from $100 to $500 for prom dresses, boutique shoppers did not have to pay more than $50, with some garments priced as low as $20.
The event was advertised at high schools in and outside the Valley. If your group can generate enough dress donations, you could consider a consignment boutique by asking contributors to showcase their gowns with the group earning a percentage of the sale. The Long Island Volunteer Center holds such an event annually to assist girls from families on Long Island that can’t absorb the expense of a new gown for a prom, sweet- sixteen birthday party or graduation event.