Volunteers with Prom Project, Cherry Hurd (left) and Celeina Baird (right), models model a wedding dress and grad dress from Prom Project. Photo by Shaela Dansereau.

Local non-profit is providing dresses to grads in need

The Prom Project based out of Wetaskiwin aims to provide affordable gowns for grads and brides.

A local non-profit organization is facing the possibility of closing their doors after five years of operations.

The Prom Project is run entirely by volunteers, including the project’s lead coordinator, Angela Pauls.

Paul says that the Prom Project faces closure because, “the sales are down and what happened with grad this year, that is unfortunate.”

The Prom Project was created with the intent to provide grads and brides with affordable dress options. Pauls doesn’t believe that a grad should have to pay $700 or more for a beautiful dress, so she aims to set the Prom Project apart from chain dress stores in larger cities by selling dresses at much lower prices.

“What they are being sold for in the big stores are marked up almost 150 per cent,” Pauls says.

Grads or brides in need have also had gowns donated to them by the Prom Project. “Students who are in need can get a dress for free,” Pauls says.

In the last five years the Prom Project has donated 2,500 gowns across three provinces.

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