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'Princess for a Night' Project Seeks Prom Dresses and Accessories

The annual 'Princess For A Night' (PFAN) project is collecting dry-cleaned formal dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, unused make-up (for example, sample cosmetics) and "nice" shopping bags through Friday, May 3. Donations can be dropped off at the T.C. Williams Main Office, 3330 King St., Alexandria, Monday through Friday between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For the past seven years, the generosity of women in the community has allowed young ladies across the region to attend prom without breaking the bank. In April, dresses and other prom essentials are collected at various drop-off points throughout the area. Then, in May, events are held at T.C. Williams High School and two other local high schools, where young ladies can select dresses, shoes, handbags and jewelry free of charge. Last year, more than 500 beautiful dresses (as well as shoes, jewelry and handbags) were donated to the project and more than 325 students from 11 high schools attended. Each year the project has expanded to serve more and more students!

The project especially needs dresses for full-figured young ladies (sizes 18+). Please do not donate velvet or wintry dresses, soiled items, outdated items, casual dresses or items for mature women, as they cannot be used.

If you know of a young lady in need of a dress, "shopping" and dress selection will take place at T.C. Williams on Friday, May 10, from 3:30 to 6 p.m., and Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Enter through the Chinquapin Drive entrance and follow the signs.) Students will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. All students from throughout the Northern Virginia area are welcome.

Parents are encouraged to accompany their daughters to participate in dress selection. Dresses are free, but donations will be accepted to support the ongoing project. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer to assist with the project, please e-mail Eleanor Muse.