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Project Prom Gets Underway at Century III

By Submitted Report
The Tube City Almanac
February 10, 2016
Posted in: Announcements

The county's annual Project Prom will hold a gown giveaway from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 5 at Century III Mall in West Mifflin, a spokesman said.

Sponsored by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Project Prom provides new and gently used formal gowns for local teen-agers who want to attend a spring formal celebration, but may not be able to afford to purchase them.

The gown giveaway continues from 3 to 6 p.m. March 7 to 11 and March 15 to 17.

An assortment of free, beautiful gowns of all colors and styles will be distributed to teens who meet the eligibility requirements. The teens will have plenty of options in brand new and gently used prom gowns. There will also be a selection of accessories, such as purses and jewelry, to accompany the gowns. Volunteers will be available to assist during the shopping experience. Preregistration is not required.

To be eligible, high school students must live in Allegheny County. They may be eligible if they or a family 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 on military active duty or a veteran.

They may also be eligible if they receive services through child welfare; mental health or intellectual disability services; substance use disorder (drug & alcohol) treatment; or live in a homeless shelter or transitional or bridge housing program.

All Project Prom events are free. For eligibility requirements and registration information visit the county's website or follow #ACProjectProm on Twitter for updates and news on the upcoming events.

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 4, at Hartwood Acres Park Amphitheater. Registration is now open.

Other events planned as part of Project Prom include the first "Project Prom Primping Pajama Party," a prom and beauty demonstration fair to help participants look and feel their best for prom.

The party will include a complimentary catered brunch and a refresher course with a certified etiquette coach. Participants will also get first access to the selection of prom gowns on a special day before the Gown Giveaway starts. Preregistration is required.

The annual Project Prom for Gentlemen event is a free catered dinner to teach teens proper etiquette in formal situations and is open to eligible guests. The teens will also receive a certificate for a free tux rental. Check with guidance counselor or caseworker for registration information. Preregistration is required.

(Photo by [Salt of the Earth], via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons)

Originally published February 10, 2016.

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