Pacers help make prom wishes come true with dress drive, donations

Lesley West spearheads prom dress donations

INDIANAPOLIS - The wife of Indiana Pacers player David West is helping to make prom dreams come true for  hundreds of high school girls in need of a gown to wear to the big dance.

With the help of the Pacers Foundation and Kroger, Lesley West hosted the Prom Dress Drive and Giveaway Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

What was normally the practice court for the Pacers was transformed into a boutique and dressing room for about 500 girls from the Indianapolis Public Schools looking for a glamorous gown to wear to prom.

"When I went out to some of the schools, I couldn't imagine not being able to go (to prom) because of the cost of a dress. Some of these girls feel they've been blessed to come and receive the benefits of this event today," Lesley West said.

The gowns were divided up on racks based on sizes and each girl picked out her own dress.

One girl picked a pink tea length dress.

"I love it. I think it looks amazing. It makes me feel amazing and it gives me a lot of confidence," she said.

Many of the dresses were donated, while others were purchased by West and the wife of head coach Frank Vogel.

"I'm very glad to be able to alleviate some of the cost and to help make a wonderful prom night to remember for these young ladies," West said.

All the girls said they were grateful for the program.

"I just want to thank (West) for giving me, all of us, this experience," one student said.

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