2012-02-06


Project Prom 2012 for Young Ladies and Gentlemen

Gown Giveaway for eligible high school girls
Tuxedo and etiquette assistance for eligible high school boys

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Project Prom Shop will make available free prom dresses to eligible high school girls who find the cost of a prom outfit is not within their family’s budget. The gown giveaway will take place at Century III Mall Tuesday, March 6 through Friday, March 9 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To be eligible, a young lady must live in Allegheny County and meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Currently receiving services or has a family member receiving services through the Allegheny County Department of Human Services.
  • Receiving or eligible to receive a free or reduced-fee school lunch.
  • Has a caretaker receiving unemployment benefits.

The Project Prom Shop will have available hundreds of new and gently worn, currently styled gowns, in a wide range of sizes. All of the gowns have been carefully screened to ensure each is clean and undamaged. Accessories, including shoes, purses, wraps and jewelry will also be available to complete the ensemble. In addition, volunteer personal shoppers will be on hand to assist each Project Prom shopper with her dress and accessory selection.

“It is such a joy to watch the young ladies enjoy their Project Prom shopping experience and find the perfect dress.” said Event and Donations Manager Ondréa Burton. “A great dress can make you feel fabulous on prom night.”

This year, young men who are or whose families are currently receiving services through DHS are invited to participate in Project Prom 2012 for Gentlemen. Participants will receive both a tuxedo fitting and a voucher for a free tuxedo rental after attending one of four scheduled prom-etiquette dinners designed to prepare them for their prom experience. Project Prom is made possible through the generosity of retail establishments and public donations. Project Prom for Gentlemen is also supported by the Dignity and Respect Campaign.

For more information about Project Prom, including eligibility requirements, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/projectprom or call 412-350-3428 and leave a message with a phone number to ensure a return call.

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