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Prom dresses given to 131 area high school girls at Princess Night Project

Published: March 27, 2017 11:20 AM
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AKRON, OH: Girls from 40 area high schools received the prom dress of their dreams FREE from Altrusa International of Akron's annual Princess Night Project held Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Family of Faith United Methodist Church.

Since 2001, local members of Altrusa International, a volunteer service organization, have been helping make prom dreams come true with free prom gowns.

No recommendation or qualification were needed. Over 130 girls got to choose from among the over 1000 gowns hanging by size on the many racks. Altrusa members only for the name of the girl’s school and how she heard about Princess Night Project.

Once registered, the girls selected a gown with the help of aides to direct them to the proper sizes. The aides, many who were students at The University of Akron and Altrusa members acted as “personal shoppers” helping make selections from the dresses.  If the gown needed a few alterations to make it fit perfectly, no problem.  Altrusa had it covered.  Seamstresses were available to make minor alterations.

Altrusa also offered a large selection of dressy shoes and other accessories such as purses, wraps and jewelry. “We want all area girls to find a dress for the prom in a boutique atmosphere”, said Co-Chairs Linda Rittenour and Alice Luse.

Altrusa has helped over 1000 girls through the years.   Altrusa is accepting donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes and accessories for next year’s event.  For more information, call 330-869-5161.

The mission of Altrusa International is to improve communities worldwide by providing service, developing leadership, fostering understanding, and encouraging fellowship through an network of dedicated volunteers. Altrusa International of Akron’s emphasis is on literacy, and helping women and those in need.


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