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YWCA Annual Prom Dress Project offers $25 deal

Contributed • Mar 1, 2019 at 4:00 PM

BRISTOL - One of the most special events in the life of a teenage girl is prom night. While the night’s glitz and glamour is a big part of what makes it memorable, the cost of formalwear is a financial impossibility for many families.

The regional YWCA is making sure every girl in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia has access to affordable formalwear fit for an unforgettable evening.

The YWCA Prom Dress Project features hundreds of like-new prom dresses, shoes and accessories donated by the surrounding community. A service project of the YW Junior Board of Directors, the Prom Dress Sale offers all dresses for only $25 each and has outfitted thousands of girls affordably for their special night. Scholarships are also available for girls in need of a deeper discount.

This year, the YWCA Prom Dress Sale will be held at YWCA NETN and SWVA from 2 to 6 p.m., Friday, March 1, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 2, at 106 State Street in Bristol. Volunteers are needed during the sale to assist girls in finding a gown that they feel confident and beautiful in.

The YWCA accepts donations of like-new formalwear and accessories year-round. Gowns sizes 14 and up are especially needed. An additional drop-off location is at the East Tennessee State University Women’s Resource Center on campus.

Proceeds from the sale benefits YWCA programming and is a community service project of the YWCA Junior Board of Directors. The YW Junior Board is a diverse group of young women ages 20-40 that have a desire to acquire more leadership and service skills within the community. For more information about the Prom Dress Project or Junior Board, contact Tammy Alls at YWCA NETN and SWVA at (423) 968-9444.