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Garland students upset after prom venue closes weeks ahead of event

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Weeks away from prom night, the music has gone silent for the senior class of 2014 at South Garland High -- the school has lost its prom venue, and students are still waiting to get their deposit money back.

The Park Lane Events Center in Dallas, where prom was to be held, has shut down, and the center still has the school's $4,400 deposit.

The center closed down more than a month ago, but the school just got the news this week. Now there's less money and only weeks to do what it took students months to plan.

"It's unbelievable that a company can just back out on us like that with no repercussions," said Isaiah Harris, senior class vice president.

It was to be the perfect prom.

"They had a mini golf course, fire pits, indoor and outdoor dance floors, and now all of the planning we'd had in advance…thrown out the door, and we just feel like we were left alone with nothing to do and just to fend for ourselves," said senior class president Allen Capasgordo.

The building's landlord, Jeff Swope, says he leased the business to someone else, but he'll take care of the school's deposit.

"They can expect their money back?" asked FOX 4's Fil Alvarado.

"Absolutely," said Swope. "In a few days."

Swope said he would have kept the prom at the building if he could.

"If we could keep the building open, we would have, of course, done the parties," said Swope. "That's better for us, better for them."

Prom was scheduled for April 26, so finding another venue this late in the game on the same date will take a miracle.

"Now to take those same dollars and a five week notice, it's not going to stretch as far," said senior class sponsor Lisa Davis.

For three years, the senior class has held fundraisers to have enough money for a prom.

The school says 70 percent of the students come from economically disadvantaged families, and many have been on a payment plan to buy their prom tickets.

"Individuals have been doing personal fundraisers, have been working extra hours at their jobs, finding jobs or even asking their parents who don't have the money to save a little bit just so they can go to this prom" said Capasgordo.

School principal Tracy Curtis says a number have prom dresses have been donated to students from folks in the community.

"We need help somehow just to have a prom," said Capasgordo.

South Garland High School is having a crafts fair and fundraiser Saturday at the school from 9 to 3 p.m., where they'll also accept donations.

The event is held indoors, so the rain won't be an issue.

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