Nearly 75 girls received prom dresses and accessories last weekend at an event organized by Wayne County Commission Vice Chairwoman Alisha Bell.

“It’s a great feeling to see these girls walk out with the dresses and accessories,” Bell, D-Detroit, said in a statement Tuesday. “Prom is so expensive, and this is a way for them to enjoy their special night without the stress of knowing how much everything costs.

“Prom is a very special memory for these girls, and we are thrilled to be part of it.”

The dresses and accessories — including shoes, purses and jewelry — were free. Some of the dresses were new and some were gently used, according to Bell.

Called “Belle of the Ball,” the event was held Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan in Detroit.

Bell estimates the annual event, in its eighth year, has given about 1,500 dresses to girls since it started.

Bell thanked all who donated dresses and volunteered at the event as well as its sponsors: Unique Lady, Amour Bridal, Prom and Tuxedo, Burlington Coat Factory and Sears.

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