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The Wait At the Oregon Convention Center girls wait to be let into the shopping area. There are no brothers, no boyfriends, and no dads allowed in the inner dress sanctum.

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The Inspiration Tickets are first come, first serve, and some of these young ladies have been up since before dawn to drive into Portland and wait in line. Also in the waiting area: Abby’s dress, the original prom gown that inspired the charity.

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The Racks Mothers, daughters, aunts, friends, prom-goers, and volunteers browse through racks of dresses that are divided by size, 0-26, and grouped by color.

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The Dates Priscilla Seiler, 18, a senior at Clackamas High School, is going to three proms this year. She found a black dress and a pink rhinestone bag at Abby’s Closet. She also holds three coupons for Mr. Formal tux rentals, which were available at the event.

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The Hair Students from the Aveda Institute aree on hand to demonstrate some proper up-dos.

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The Dresses From left: ‘I usually wear a lot of green because of my hair,’ says Becky Titchnell, 18. This one was the winner, after approval from the other young women in the communal changing rooms. Becky is a senior at Wilson High School.


Leah Stratton, 17, is a senior at Cascade Locks High School. She and her mother woke up at 5 am to drive to the Abby’s Closet event. Leah got a prom dress from Abby’s Closet last year, and plans to re-donate her dresses back to the organization. A free dress makes a difference, Leah she says. Neither she nor her mother are working right now.

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The Dresses From left: Ciara Lynn, 18, a senior at Southridge High School in Beaverton poses in her newly picked prom gown. ‘Oh my gosh, that’s so cute!’ a friend called out.


Courtney Harris, 18, is a senior at South Wasco County High School, in Maupin. There are 15 students in her graduating class, 8 of them are girls. Six of those senior girls were at Abby’s Closet finding dresses. Courtney is going to her dance without a date. ’I’ve learned that solo is more fun, you’re not obligated to dance with them,’ she said.

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