Inaugural event prepares students for promSubmitted: 02/25/2017

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RHINELANDER - Every girl dreams of the perfect prom dress. But, no matter how dreamy the dress, most girls only wear it once. Rhinelander High School's FBLA/DECA decided to try and get more use out of their dresses.
"Everyone doesn't have a lot of money to spend on prom dresses," said FBLA/DECA Co-President Haley Sisel.

Some dresses can cost hundreds of dollars and take hours to find.

"So I think it's a nice gesture that we're kind of giving them this opportunity to exchange dresses," said Sisel.
FBLA/DECA hosted the first annual Prom Dress Expo and Resale at Lund and Taylor's Bridal Gallerie on Saturday.

"We're not doing this event for a profit, we're doing it for our members and for the students in our community," said FBLA/DECA Co-President Gunnar Millot.

Students could sell their old dresses, and get a new-to-them dress for a decent price.

Members of the organization even modeled some of the dresses themselves for a fashion show.
Nine local vendors also joined in. They showed girls some styling tips for prom.

"They got a boatload of information today from all the different vendors that are here so that everything they need for prom, they could make appointments today," said Mary Kay Cosmetics Salesperson Kitty Fasbender.

Fasbender thinks the event was a great idea.

"I wish they would've had something like this when I was a teenager," said Fasbender.

Rachel Uhlarik is a junior at Rhinelander High School. She was happy there were so many vendors at the event.

"It gives you a great idea of everything you're going to need and what to look for," said Uhlarik.

Ularik brought in a few dresses of her own to sell. She also wanted to try and find a dress for prom.

"I think it's a really good opportunity for maybe people who are looking for a deal or just a great bargain for a dress," said Uhlarik.

At the end of the day, the goal is to make sure all girls have a special dress for prom.

"I got mine from Lund and Taylor last year and it's gorgeous, it's huge, it's extravagant, and I'm never going to wear it again. So I think it's important to give that to someone else and let them have their own night in it and feel like a princess," said Sisel.

FBLA/DECA says they hope to make the event even better next year.

"We're hoping we can learn from what we've done and continue this for years to come," said Millot.

Story By: Dakota Sherek

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