Y chromosomes aren’t allowed at Abby’s Closet’s annual April event at the Oregon Convention Center, where high school girls line up before dawn to find their free prom dress.

In 2004, the Eglands established Abby’s Closet, an organization that collects new and gently used prom dresses and then gives them to students who may not be able to afford their own (including providing dresses to students at Salem’s schools for the deaf and blind). In April, 1,800 girls walked away from the Convention Center with their dream dresses (and 10 of last year’s 15 Rose Festival princesses wore Abby’s Closet gowns as well). Better than a glass slipper. Check out our web exclusive slideshow of the event.

This article appeared in the November 2009 issue of Portland Monthly.
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