Prom is a rite of passage for many high school students – an expensive one, at that. And one that is out of reach for many area students.
To help many high school girls who couldn’t otherwise afford a prom dress, Friends University hosted Gown Town April 2 in the Casado Campus Center’s McKay Gymnasium. All area high school students were invited to select from more than 1,000 donated gowns after registering at the door. Seamstresses were on hand to provide alterations to the free gown, and various prizes and coupons were given out.
All gowns were free to the girls, and parents were encouraged to accompany their daughters as they perused the selections.
“Gown Town is really a community initiative bringing businesses, schools and community organizations together so every girl who wants to attend prom can do so,” said Nancy Hinten, director of planned giving at Friends University. “When B98 FM couldn’t find a location for the event and we certainly had the space to do so, it was just a matter of putting everyone together. It is great to serve our community and fulfill the dream of girls who couldn’t otherwise afford to go to their high school prom.”
In The Bag Cleaners collected donations of gowns, shoes, jewelry and purses. The event was sponsored by B98 FM, In The Bag Cleaners, Heads Shoe Store and Friends University.
Last year more than 600 students were able to receive dresses and accessories enabling them to attend their school’s prom.