'Operation Prom' Helps Out Henryville Students

Radio Station Collecting Dresses, Tuxes

The southern Indiana tornadoes devastated their homes and their school, but some Henryville High School students will still be headed to prom in style.

The Mix 100.7 FM, a radio station in Terre Haute, is hosting Operation Prom, and has already collected hundreds of dresses, shoes, suits and tuxes, RTV6's Julie Pursley reported.

"I talked to my co-host and said, 'We have to do something,'" said morning radio personality Jay Michael. "She said, 'Let's have people donate prom dresses,' and it exploded from there."

Hoosiers have donated more than 350 dresses, along with shoes, purses and formal wear for the boys.

"Guys usually rent tuxes, but this has obviously put a financial strain on people that would have rented their tuxes," Michael said.

There will be a prom shop Saturday morning in Henryville so students can look through the donated garb.

Organizers and donors said it's important for students to have a sense of normalcy after the devastation.

"It's very expensive, but it's a highlight usually of the year, so I think it's a very, very good cause," Luann Grey, from Brazil.

"I am hoping if, for one day, they don't have to think about what happened to their school or their homes or what ripped their town apart, just one night have prom have fun, they can escape reality for the day," Michael said.

The collection continues through Wednesday at the Mix 100.7 FM studios in Terre Haute.

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