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Homecoming Dress Give-away
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One of the things that makes living in the Greenhorn Valley so special is the generosity of the residents. One beautiful example of that is the Homecoming Dress Give-away event hosted by Averil Marie Collections. Resident Traci Long donates the dresses and the drawing is held at Averil Marie Collections shop on Main Street in Rye. Although the shop is well known for its custom made dresses, the dresses that are given away are purchased from stores in Pueblo. AnaKacia Shifflet explains, "The material alone in a custom dress can run $400 to $500, it just would not be practical to give away a custom dress for these events. The dresses in the drawing are good dresses and I will make alterations for the girls so the dress they select fits just right." The girls are usually given several dresses to select from.

Ms. Shifflet says she had been making custom dresses out of her home for several years and approximately a year ago she had the chance to open her shop in Rye. Shortly after she opened the shop she was approached by Traci Long with the idea of doing the dress giveaway to local girls for special events. This Homecoming was the third such event the ladies have done. They did last Homecoming, Prom and this Homecoming with discussion underway for doing an event for the upcoming Prom as well. Ms. Long says, "The idea just came to me one day while I was in Sears, I saw a lot of beautiful dresses on clearance and when I noticed the markdown I just couldn't pass up the deals. I knew someone could use them. I talked to AnaKacia and she was happy to help. The girls have been ecstatic and I am happy to help from the background."

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