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A Wayne County commissioner is helping girls in need dress to the nines for their high school prom.

Alisha Bell, D-Detroit, will be giving the girls free prom dresses at her 9th annual Belle of the Ball event April 9.

Bell estimates her annual event has given away more than 1,500 dresses over the past nine years to help girls feel like Cinderella at their high school proms.

“Prom is always such a memorable experience, but it’s also out of reach for some girls,” Bell said in a statement. “I want to help girls who otherwise couldn’t afford to go to prom.

“This is a great way to help create such special memories for those girls, and they also experience the generosity of those around them.”

The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Boys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan at 16500 Tireman in Detroit.

Girls will be able to select formal and semi-formal dresses as well as shoes and accessories. All of the items are donated; some are new and some are used.

Bell said sponsors of the event include Unique Lady; Amour Bridal, Prom and Tuxedo; Burlington Coat Factory and Sears.

She said board members and employees of the Salvation Army-Eastern Michigan Division also donated dresses, accessories and clothing racks.

Donations are still being accepted. Anyone can drop items off at the Boys & Girls Club 3-6 p.m. weekdays. They can also leave donations at Bell’s office, Suite 739 of the Guardian Building, 500 Griswold, Detroit.

Bell said volunteers are needed to help before, during and after the event.

For information or to volunteer, contact Bell at (313) 224-0936 or abell3@waynecounty.com.

cramirez@detroitnews.com

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