by Nat Frothingham
Montpelier High School teacher Barb Austin-Hutchins captures a moment of excitement as she shows off a display of prom dresses now on sale at MHS. According to Austin-Hutchins, 96 prom dresses with a combined retail value of about $16,000 were recently donated by a central Vermont bridal shop to MHS to help defray the costs of the school’s May 2 Junior Prom. Each prom dress will be sold at the bargain basement price of $5. All proceeds from the prom dress sale will be used by the Junior Prom Committee to pay for such things as decorations and the band.
In addition to the Junior Prom on May 2, there is a second prom in Montpelier on May 30 – the “Senior Prom: A Night in the City” sponsored by the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. The Senior Prom will be held at the National Life Building Ballroom on May 30 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. — a community celebration for all ages with proceeds to support the Montpelier Senior Activity Center.
Of the 96 prom dresses donated, 56 of those dresses have been turned over to the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Those dresses will be sold by the Senior Center and the Senior Center and the Junior Prom Committee will split the proceeds. The Junior Prom Committee has offered their help to put up decorations for the Senior Prom at National Life.
To purchase tickets to the Senior Prom, please visit the Montpelier Senior Activity Center at 58 Barre Street or go online to seniorprom.bpt.me.