Annual Project Prom for Gentlemen, Project Prom, public sale dates set
The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS) annual Project Prom giveaway of prom attire to eligible high school students begins on Saturday, March 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Project Prom Shop in Century III Mall, West Mifflin. The gown giveaway continues March 16 through 19, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
On April 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the shop will be open to the public for a gown sale. No gown will be priced higher than $25.
New or gently used beautiful gowns are distributed to teens who meet the eligibility requirements. There is a large selection of dresses available, nearly half of which are brand new, some with sales tags still attached. Prom-goers also can select accessories, such as purses and jewelry and are assisted by volunteers during their shopping experience
To be eligible, high school students must live in Allegheny County and meet one of the following requirements:
• receive services through child welfare, or mental health or intellectual disability services;
• live in a homeless shelter or transitional or bridge housing program;
• or receive substance use disorder (drug & alcohol) treatment.
They may also be eligible if they or a household member:
• receives food assistance from a food pantry or utility assistance;
• receives or is eligible to receive free or reduced-price school lunches;
• receives unemployment benefits;
• or is in military active duty or a veteran.
Project Prom for Gentleman, a workshop on prom etiquette and a catered dinner for 100 preregistered attendees, will be held on April 23 at the UPMC Shadyside Herberman Center. Attendees will also receive a certificate for a free tux rental from Tuxedo Junction.
This year, a similar opportunity – a workshop on primping techniques including a prom and beauty demonstration - will be offered to eligible participants during the Project Prom Gown Giveaway.
Major sponsors of Project Prom are One Enchanted Evening and UPMC’s Center for Engagement and Inclusion. Additional support comes from the Project Prom 5K Run and Walk fundraiser. This year’s 5K will be held on June 6, at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Registration is now open.
For more information on all of the events, visit: http://www.alleghenycounty.us/dhs/projectprom.aspx, or follow #ACProjectProm.