2013-02-15


DHS Project Prom Shop Opens March 11

Gown giveaway for eligible high school girls

PITTSBURGH –Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) Project Prom Shop will make available free prom dresses to eligible high school girls  whose families may find the cost of buying formal attire prohibitive. Located at the Century III Mall, the Project Prom Shop will be open Monday, March 11 through Thursday, March 14 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We’re excited to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Project Prom,” said Event and Donations Manager Ondréa Burton. “Our goal is to continue the success we’ve had helping each young lady walk away with a fabulous ensemble and positive memories that will last a lifetime.”

To be eligible, high school girls must live in Allegheny County and meet one of the following eligibility requirements:

  • Receive services or have a family member receiving services through DHS,
  • Receive or be eligible to receive a free or reduced-price school lunch, or
  • Have a parent or caretaker receiving unemployment benefits.

The Project Prom Shop will have available hundreds of dresses -- new and gently worn, in the latest trends, 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. Each participant will be paired with a personal stylist to help them find the perfect gown and accessories.

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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Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, Project Prom has provided eligible high school students the opportunity to choose free formal attire from a selection of thousands of donated items. All the formalwear is provided by generous community donors.