Belle of the Ball, the Tampa Bay area charity that provides formal dresses free to needy girls, reports an especially successful first distribution week of the prom season.
"We served 71 girls," said Joe Marteski with Belle of the Ball. One particularly special dress went to Lakeside Christian student Diynesha Blaylock: a stunning platinum chiffon gown with embellished bodice worn by ABC Action News' Sarina Fazan during her Oscar night reporting from the Tampa Theatre. The gown, by La Femme and retailing for $438, was donated to Belle of the Ball by Georgette's Fashions, a longtime Tampa Bay area dress shop. Georgette's selected three gowns for Fazan, and ABC Action News asked viewers to chose the one she would wear.
Upcoming Belle of the Ball dress distribution dates: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 and 19, and May 3, Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd.