One of the most expensive and most time-consuming steps for preparing for prom can be finding the right dress.
The Junior League of Columbus is hoping to help a couple hundred girls find their perfect high school prom outfit for free this Saturday.
On Feb. 26, from 8 a.m. to noon, the league will host its first Project Prom dress giveaway at 3623 Calvin Drive. Girls can choose from more than 300 new and gently used dresses, as well as shoes, purses and accessories. All of the dresses and accessories have been donated by league members and members of the community.
Jessica Hart, public relations chair for the league, said Project Prom was born from the idea to give away 75 dresses to girls in the community in celebration of the organization’s 75th anniversary. Any high school junior or senior with a valid student ID and in financial need of a dress is welcome to attend. No proof of income is required.
Hart said they have dresses in all sizes available to girls on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each girl will be given a number as she arrives, which will determine her shopping time.
“We’ve already had one mother tell us she was going to get there at 7,” Hart said.
Each girl may have one female guest to accompany her into the shopping and dressing area. Some of the dressing rooms are semi-private, so Hart said girls should plan accordingly and wear the appropriate undergarments.
Every girl who attends the event can also register to win a “Princess for the Day” basket, which will include two prom tickets, a gift certificate for dinner, an adolescent-friendly teeth whitening session with a local dentist and gift certificates for an up-do, a manicure and a pedicure.
Hart said if the giveaway is successful, they might do it again.
“We really just want to give away as many dresses and make as many prom dreams come true as we can,” she said.
Sara Pauff, 706-320-4469