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Dust off and donate your prom dresses to help others in Ventura County

 South East Ventura County YMCA are running a drive to collect donated prom dresses
Amy Kate
South East Ventura County YMCA are running a drive to collect donated prom dresses

Do you remember your school prom? It’s one of the biggest nights for a High School student, but looking the part can cost hundreds of dollars.

High School Prom. It’s all about what you wear? Right? But for many, the cost of a prom dress can be a barrier to attending.

"There's a level of stress not knowing if you'll be able to go because you can't afford the dress," explained Dani Hutchison, director of development from South East Ventura YMCA. The organization have been collecting gently used and new prom dresses, and will set up a pop-up boutique for students to find their gown for free.

"We want to help send them to prom, so we are collecting dresses, tuxes and shoes and accessories. This gives them an opportunity to 'shop' for a dress that's exciting and have a shopping experience and find what they want to wear," she said.

The dresses need to be delivered to Westlake Village YMCA by Tuesday morning.

Caroline joined KCLU in October 2020. She won LA Press Club's Audio Journalist of the Year Award in 2022.

Since joining the station she's won 7 Golden Mike Awards, 4 Los Angeles Press Club Awards and 2 National Arts & Entertainment Awards.

She started her broadcasting career in the UK, in both radio and television for BBC News, 95.8 Capital FM and Sky News and was awarded the Prince Philip Medal for her services to radio and journalism in 2007.

She has lived in California for ten years and is both an American and British citizen - and a very proud mom to her daughter, Elsie.