CHARLOTTE, N.C. – About 500 Charlotte-area girls will attend their high-school proms decked out in donated finery, thanks to the Girl Talk Foundation.
The group is a character-building and leadership program for local girls ages 11 to 16, many of whom received gowns through the foundation’s Prom Project.
About 1,200 new or lightly-used gowns were donated to the foundation, which in turn gave the leftover dresses to the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, a local homeless shelter for women and children.
In addition to providing dresses and accessories, the Prom Project also provided an etiquette class that included tips on hair and makeup.
Almost three quarters of the girls who received dresses this year say that finding a suitable dress will allow them to attend their prom, says a survey conducted by the Prom Project. Over half say their primary obstacle to attending the prom was the cost of a dress.
More than half the girls agreed that they needed help with etiquette, the survey says, and more than eight in 10 say the event helped boost their confidence.
During the past six years, the foundation has collected over 2,000 formal dresses and helped almost 1,000 girls.