The Priceless Gown Project helps teens afford prom expenses

BALTIMORE, Md. - It's not long before Prom season arrives.  Raisha Timmons is a senior at Carver Vocational Technical High School.

She is searching for the perfect Prom dress.  The Priceless Gown Project is here to help.

"I want a short dress because I am not tall. Our theme this year is fun, which means lots of color is good," said Raisha Timmons, a senior at Carver Vocational Technical High School.

The Priceless Gown Project began in 2004.  The event helps young girls attend their Prom who would not otherwise be able to afford it.

Organizers receive gently used or new dresses and give them to local juniors and seniors for free.

Hundreds of students turn out for the event each year.  Organizers work with school guidance counselors, youth ministries and mentor programs to make sure those who need a dress attend the event.

"This is so important because we recognize families are being affected by the economy so we wanted to take the opportunity in a small way to give back to the community," said Leslie Collier, President of the Priceless Gown Project.

The event offers something for everyone with short and long dresses of all colors.  Students are very grateful for the help.

"I believe this is a wonderful idea that they came up with because I know some females and their parents cannot afford Prom. I think it's a wonderful event," said Timmons.

Girls are also in for a special treat with Glam Gurus complimentary Mini Makeovers.

The Priceless Gown Project will be held on Saturday March 3rd from 9am to 2pm at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards at 110 South Eutaw Street in Baltimore.

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