W.Va. First Lady Donates Gowns for Prom

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Some who attend the high school prom in 2013 will wear gowns that once belonged to West Virginia's first lady.

Joanne Jaeger Tomblin on Wednesday afternoon donated formal gowns to Ronda's Closet, where girls preparing for the prom may choose dresses at no cost.

The facility housed at Aldersgate United Methodist Church near Sissonville opened in 2006 in memory of Ronda Jones Howard, who died of breast cancer in 2004.

Her friend started the program after hearing about a similar one in another state. It has continued through donations of new and gently used dresses from individuals and businesses.

Tomblin donated two taffeta floor-length gowns with jackets in the colors of eggplant and wine as well as two dresses that may be worn by chaperones.

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