When you start adding up the price for a prom date, the cost of a gown, hair styling, makeup, shoes and jewelry can quickly add up to a higher amount than many can afford to think about.
Volunteers at For Jamie’s Sake are making sure young ladies in foster care won’t have to stay home on the night of the big dance with their annual “Promapalooza” program, providing everything they need for a magic evening.
“Some girls in foster care want to go to the prom but maybe they can’t afford it,” said volunteer Kasarah Stanley, who explained each of the dozens of gowns in their collection were contributed by one of two local businesses. “All of the dresses came from Lara’s and Wilma’s, or from people in the community. And, we had a few left over from last year.”
Other supporters donated things like shoes or jewelry, and in the case of volunteers from Summit Nazarene Church of Christ, provided makeup and hairstyling,” Stanley said. With local proms getting underway as of next weekend, she explained they expect to provide gown options for nearly two dozen girls Saturday. Once each young lady had fitted herself to a new gown and approved of her hair and makeup, each took a turn on a small stage for a “Promapalooza” fashion show at the end of the day.
“It gives them a minute to feel beautiful and get attention. What girl doesn’t want that?” Stanley said with smile.
Racks and racks of gowns awaited selection Saturday, with colors including teal, blue, sky blue, Royal blue, mixed blues, baby blue, plum, coral, magenta, saffron yellow, indigo, black, white, cream, brown, gold, crimson, olive green and fuchsia in choices of chiffon, silk, lace and taffeta with jeweled appliques, beading and sequins with cuts ranging from full formal to “high lows” and necklines including sweetheart, princess, strapped and halter.
“We definitely give them plenty of options,” Stanley said.
For more information about For Jamie’s Sake’s annual Promapalooza event or to make a donation, call (606) 327-5511.
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