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By Lindsay Cohen email

PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL (WFLX) -- Ticket to prom: $50.

Corsage for your date: $20.

Finding the perfect dress? Priceless.

Nearly 250 dresses -- some short, some long, in every color of the rainbow -- transformed the lobby of a Palm Beach Gardens storage facility into a makeshift boutique on Friday. It was part of a spring dress drive, geared toward collecting formal gowns for underprivileged teenagers, coordinated by the Junior League of the Palm Beaches.

"We all feel that every girl should have her dream day of her prom and feel beautiful," said Serena Leverrier, a member of the Junior League. "Nobody should be deprived of that, no matter what your financial status is."

The gowns are beaded and belted; some are strapless, and others have shawls. The goal, said organizers, was to collect dresses of all styles, shapes, and colors, and to donate them to local charity Becca's Closet. Teenagers then head to Becca's to pick out a dress, free of charge.

"It's going to be emotional, just to see girls actually light up," Leverrier added, "to see something, and to see that there's somebody out there who can give them something... when we live in a time when it seems like no one cares."

Becca's Closet has seen a huge increase in demand for the dresses, said charity founder Jay Kirtman.

"Like Rebecca said, little things make a big difference," Kirtman said. "It's more than a dress. It's the fact that people care."

The Junior League hopes to help establish a Palm Beach Gardens chapter of Becca's Closet, so that they can collect and provide dresses to local teens all year long. Right now they are looking at commercial space offered to them by Jon Channing, who also owns Store Self Storage.

If you would like to donate dresses, the Junior League will be collecting gowns again on Saturday, from 11 am - 2 pm, at Store Self Storage in Palm Beach Gardens. The facility is located at 11010 N. Military Trail, near the intersection of Military and PGA Boulevards.

For more information on Becca's Closet, click here: http://beccascloset.org/

For more information on the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, click here: http://www.jlpb.org/jlpb/index.jsp

For more information on Store Self Storage, click here: http://www.storeselfstorage.com/

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