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Being the Belle of the Ball

Camden Junior Welfare League gives underprivileged ladies the chance for a fairy tale

Posted: March 30, 2012 9:28 a.m.
Updated: April 2, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Queen Custis sorts through dresses in hopes of finding the perfect dress for a young lady during the Belle of the Ball event.

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The Camden Junior Welfare League Provisional Class held its annual Belle of the Ball March 17.  With the support of the residents of Kershaw County, the Junior League was able to give 40 young high school ladies the chance to wear a beautiful gown to prom. Belle of the Ball began in 2005 and has become a Junior League tradition.  Each year before prom time, the Junior League gathers and sorts donated formal gowns and then offers them for free to underprivileged teens referred by area high schools.

“This is a chance to help teenage girls feel like Cinderella for a day,” Lauren Downey said. “Belle of the Ball would not have been a success without the help of City Laundry and Cleaners, who cleaned every gown for each young lady. Old Armory, Sam Kendall’s, and Salud treated several couples to dinner the night of prom. Local salons Roxie Hart, Salon Bella, Travis’ Salon and Allure donated hair styling and make-up applications for prom. Also Wanda’s Alterations, Fran’s Alterations, Victorian Expressions, and Evelyn’s donated dresses and alterations for the gowns. We would also like to thank Camden Floral and Spitzer’s Florist for corsages and Safe-glo for spray tans.”

If you are interested in joining the Camden Junior Welfare League email


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