DHS Home Page
Department of Human Services    Follow DHS on Facebook Follow DHS on Twitter Watch DHS Videos on Vimeo Connect with DHS on LinkedIn
Project Prom Homepage

Project Prom and Project Prom for Gentlemen

Are You an Allegheny County High School Student?

If you qualify, you can get free formal attire so you can go to your prom in style! 

Learn more

 Project Prom Video Screenshot 

Watch our Project Prom Gown Give Away promo video!


Project Prom 5K - June 6, 2015, Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater

This FUNd raiser will help us buy much needed prom attire, accessories and tuxedo–rental gift certificates. Run-day registration is available! Learn more 


Project Prom Gown Giveaway - Completed for 2014, Century III Mall  

We have racks of beautiful gowns in all sizes as well as accessories to match. Learn more 


Project Prom for Gentlemen – Completed for 2014, 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 Public Sale – Completed for 2014, Century III Mall

The public is welcome to purchase gowns and accessories. Items are priced at $25 or below. Learn more 




Donations of formal attire and gift cards for related businesses are welcomed year round.  Learn more 



Volunteers are needed at the Project Prom Shop and at Project Prom for Gentlemen. Learn more 



Sponsorships are available for Project Prom events. Learn more 


2014 Project Prom / Project Prom for Gentlemen Sponsors

One Enchanted Evening logo
UPMC Dignity Respect Campaign logo
Tuxedo Junction logo


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, more than 1,000 young adults have made their selections from more than 4,000 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.

New 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 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.

New in 2014, the Project Prom 5K 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