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Project Prom and Project Prom for Gentlemen

For more than a decade, through the generosity of residents and participating retailers, the Allegheny County Department of Human Services Project Prom has made sure all local students have the opportunity to go to their prom affordably, with confidence and in style. Whether donating time, talent, attire or treasure, the combined effort enables young men and women who participate in Project Prom or Project Prom for Gentlemen not only to look their best, but feel their best on this special occasion.

Be a part of the magic.

Project Prom Gown Giveaway

Project Prom Video ScreenshotMarch 14 and 16-19, 2015, Century III Mall
With the help of personal shoppers, guests select from a beautiful selection of new and gently used contemporary gowns in all sizes as well as accessories to match. Learn more  

Project Prom for Gentlemen video screenshot
Project Prom for Gentlemen 

April 23, 2015, Shadyside Hospital, Herberman Center
Guests enjoy a catered meal, a lively discussion about the importance of treating themselves and others with dignity and respect, and tie tying demonstrations. Attendees also receive a free tuxedo rental. Learn more  

Project Prom 5K Run & WalkProject Prom 5k Video

June 6, 2015, Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater
This FUNd raiser helps us buy much needed prom attire, accessories and tuxedo–rental gift certificates. Registration is open! Learn more  

Project Prom Public Sale

April 11, 2015, Century III Mall
This fundraiser opens the Project Prom Shop to the public, offering gowns and accessories priced at $25 or below. Learn more  


Project Prom History

The DHS Office of Community Relations started Project Prom in 2003, recognizing that the prom is an expensive evening and that many young men and women might be denied the experience as a result.

The Project Prom Gown Giveaway offers a selection of free, new and gently used, currently styled gowns and accessories to qualifying young people. Since 2003, thousands of young adults have made their selections from innumerable donated items. The Project Prom Shop, located on the upper level of Century III Mall in West Mifflin, is equipped with dressing rooms and is staffed with volunteers serving as personal stylists for the Gown Giveaway held several days in early spring.

When the Gown Giveaway is completed, formal wear is made available for public sale to raise funds to purchase tuxedo rental gift certificates and to purchase gowns in needed sizes.

Originated in 2012, Project Prom for Gentlemen treats guests to a catered formal meal where they brush up on their table manners under the instruction of a certified etiquette coach. Men from the community volunteer to be mentors for the evening. They remind the teens, through skits and discussions, how to treat their dates and themselves with dignity and respect. Guests are fitted for tuxedos and given a voucher for a free tuxedo rental. They also learn how to tie a variety of tie knots including bowties.

Added to the Project Prom effort in 2014, the Project Prom 5K Run & Walk puts the fun into fundraising. As in the public sale, proceeds are used to purchase tuxedo rentals, accessories and supplemental gowns.

The success of Project Prom and Project Prom for Gentlemen rests on the generosity of donors, both individuals and retail stores, who contribute clean, currently styled and undamaged formal wear and gift certificates for young women and men.


Project Prom/Project Prom for Gentlemen brochure