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VOTE: Sarina Fazan's Oscar gown goes to Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Feb 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-03 14:17:11-05

TAMPA, Fla. — As part of an annual tradition at Action News, you get to pick the gown Sarina Fazan will wear to Tampa's biggest Oscar party at the Tampa Theatre.

The best part is the dress goes to a deserving girl. This years recipient is the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay.

"I can not tell you how excited we were when we heard Sarina's dress is coming here!" said Jennie Yingling with the charity serving Tampa Bay for more than nine decades.


"We are not sure who is getting the dress yet. We are going to be discussing it. But, you can make sure it will be a deserving girl. It will be hard to decide though, we help more than 17,000 youths locally and half of course are young girls," said Yingling.

The dress this year comes from CoCo's Couture out of Sarasota.

The owner, Anette Debaillets, as always provided three gowns. But this year, two of them are quite unique.

They come from the top designers from the United Kingdom and are valued at close to $5,000.

Many of her gowns are used by competitive ball room dancers.

"They are so expensive because all of them are handmade and have crystals sewn throughout them. I would say more than 5,000 crystals and that is a lot a labor," said Desbaillets. 

Desbaillets was willing to give a third professional gown as well, but ACTION NEWS, chose to go with one that is more main stream so viewers would have more options.

Debaillets was moved to tears when asked why she decided to donate this year.

"I could not believe you asked me. I am a huge fan of ABC. I watch it all the time and of course know of your tradition," said Debaillets. "Then when you called I said, 'Of course I will do it. It's a great cause and to help a young girl, it's immeasurable. Every girl should get a chance to feel like a princess.'"