Every Spring, there’s a buzzing in the air that isn’t from the bees or even the birds. The pitch increases as the season nears: It’s almost time for Prom.
And for the ninth year, Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, are asking for donations of gently-loved or new gowns (donation drop-off location list below) for the Prom Project. Charlotte-area high school girls will have the opportunity to choose free dresses from those collected, 10a-3p Saturday, April 2 at ImaginOn Library, 300 E. 7th Street in uptown Charlotte.
“With the average prom dress costing $300-$500 (that doesn’t include hair, nails, accessories, dinner, prom ticket), purchasing a prom dress in these economic times is a luxury,” Janine Davis, Founder and Executive Director of Girl Talk Foundation, Inc., said in a press release. “Girl Talk wants to help parents and empower girls through our Prom Project.”
The Prom Project provides free donated prom attire, accessories and etiquette lessons to girls in preparation for prom season. Participants include not only those in financial need, but also those who value recycling and would like to use their creativity in redesigning a dress. The dresses are presented in a boutique-like setting that mimics the experience of shopping for a prom gown. Before selecting a dress, participants are required to complete the etiquette course to encourage appropriate behavior on their prom night. Since it began, more than 2500 girls have received prom dresses through Prom Project.
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In preparation for Prom Project, Girl Talk is collecting gently used and new dresses, sizes 0 – 26, as well as accessories such as shoes, purses and unused cosmetics. A list of donation drop-off points is attached.
Girls interested in receiving a gown must register at www.girltalkfoundationinc.com or by calling 704-416-4660.
Prom Project Drop Off Locations:
South County Regional Library 5801 Rea Rd., Charlotte: 10am-8pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; 10am-5pm Saturday; CLOSED Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville: 10am-8pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday ; 10am-5pm Saturday; CLOSED Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd., Charlotte: 10am-8pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday ; 10am-5pm Saturday; CLOSED Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
WPEG-FM, 1520 South Blvd, Suite 300, Charlotte: 8:30am-5pm Monday-Friday
Saks Off 5th, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord Mills, Concord: 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday, 1-6p Sunday
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center 300 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte: Closed Monday; 10am-7pm Tuesday -Thursday; 10am – 5pm Friday and Saturday ; 1-6pm Sunday