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Lawton Fashion Show Raises Money for Local Prom

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Lawton, OKLa._Almost two-hundred high school students from across the county, got their very own "sneak peak" at the latest prom fashions for prom Sunday afternoon. The crowd gathered in Lawton High School's auditorium, to take a look at dresses and tuxedos in a variety of price ranges. Five lucky girls even won their very own prom dress, one of which designed by famous Project Runway winner Johnathan "Kayne". The proceeds from Sunday's fashion show will help fund Lawton High's 2013 prom, making it an event to remember.

Kayne said for most young girls showing up to prom in a dress like this is only a dream.

"It's a dress with led light-wire technology and it's beaded into the dress. So, you can actually change the lights on the dress to change from flashing fast, flashing slow, stay on solid. Or the lights don't even have to be on", he said.

Middle school student Nica Simmons said that dream became a reality after winning Sunday's raffle and beating out hundreds of now disappointed girls. She said the dress definitely stood out.

"It is so pretty it has lights and stuff", said Simmons.

The dress retails for 450 dollars. Kayne, who has launched a successful clothing and shoe line, said donating one of his top-selling dresses is his way of giving back.

"Anything that you do in your career, you can always help other people. Who knows, the young lady that won the dress, she might not be able to afford it. Or , she may want a dress that's outside her normal price range. We chose the light-up dress because there's nothing else like it", said Kayne.

Although the specially designed gown only went to one girl, other lucky girls were able to snag other dresses that were up for grabs.

"I didn't think it was mine at first. I had to like look at it for a second and then I was looking around to make sure no one had my number. I am so excited. I haven't gotten the fact that I won it yet", said Cache High School senior Jazzmyn Franks.

She and Simmons both agreed that winning a free prom dress is something most girls take lightly.

"It's real expensive and I am so glad that I won it", said Simmons.

"It gives you a chance to look at them more. Especially, like at amore formals you can rent dresses too. It helps out a lot more. You don't get stuck with one dress. Prom dresses you're only going to wear once and spending so much money", said Franks.

The show was organized by school teacher-turned-formal dress shop owner Cindy Ezell.  She said she started this fundraiser because she saw first hand just how many girls couldn't afford prom dresses. She said it's the seventh year that her shop has been putting the fashion-show fundraiser on, and the first year that they've had a celebrity designer. The fashion show raised about a thousand dollars towards Lawton High School's senior prom. 

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