Akron, OH - Girls from area high schools can get the prom dress of their dreams free from Altrusa International of Akron's annual Princess Night Project.
Since 2001, local members of Altrusa International, a volunteer service organization, have been helping make prom dreams come true with free prom gowns. This year’s Princess Night Project is 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, March 15 at the Family of Faith United Methodist Church at 800 East Market St. in Akron, Ohio 44305.
No recommendation or qualification is needed. Any girl who attends gets to choose from among the more than 1000 gowns hanging by size on the many racks. Altrusa asks only for the name of the girl’s school and how she heard about Princess Night Project.
Once registered, the girls select a gown with the help of aides to direct them to the proper sizes. The aides act as “personal shoppers” helping make selections from the dresses. Should the gown need a few alterations to make it fit perfectly, no problem. Altrusa has it covered. Seamstresses are available to make minor alterations.
Altrusa also offers a large selection of dressy shoes and other accessories such as purses, wraps and jewelry. A Mary Kay representative is present and offers free samples and tips for prom night.
Altrusa has helped more than 900 girls through the years. Having received a $2000 grant from the Altrusa International Foundation which will supplement the Akron Club’s resources, a greater number of dresses and accessories will be available on March 15.
Altrusa is accepting donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes and accessories. Gowns can be dropped off at locations in Cuyahoga Falls, Ellet and Fairlawn. Please call the numbers below for details. Gowns can also be brought to the church on Friday, March 14 during the hours of 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, call 330-644-5262 or 330-733-1353.