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Angie Hall believes every girl should have a night she will never forget. That’s why her nonprofit, the Hall Foundation, is working with the community to make sure that happens.
The Hall Foundation’s annual Cinderella Project is underway. And organizers are collecting gently used prom dresses and formal gowns for Wilson County students who can’t afford to purchase their own. The prom dress giveaway, in its sixth year, has helped countless juniors and seniors who are less fortunate.
“There are so many kids in need,” Hall said. “Prom dresses are now so expensive and not everyone can afford those prom dresses.”
Hall will hold the prom dress drive for two days — Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and Monday from 3 to 8 p.m.— at her business Lovely Lady Boutique & Glam Bar, 2801-1E Ward Blvd in the Shoppes at Brentwood. School identification or proof of school attendance, such as a report card, will be required. A parent or guardian must accompany the student.
DONATE TO A CAUSE
Hall said foundation members have collected more than 60 dresses in a variety of colors, sizes and styles. Hall said they are still in need of donations. Those who wish to help can still drop off dresses at her boutique from now until Monday.
“They can drop them off right now or even bring them on the day of the drive,” Hall said. “We need all dresses and sizes.”
Her store’s business hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Hall said traditionally the greatest need has been plus-size dresses, too.
“Anyone with a prom dress, formal gown or cocktail dress that they know they won’t wear anymore can donate it,” Hall said.
She said last year, more than 100 girls showed up for the prom drive and foundation members gave away about 80 dresses. She said they ran out of plus sizes.
“It ended up, we were going out to the store and buying dresses,” she said. “We were paying out of pocket. But it hurts more to see a young girl leave because of their size.”
Hall said she doesn’t want any teen to leave empty-handed.
THE CINDERELLA EXPERIENCE
The Hall Foundation also holds an annual school supply drive each year for Wilson County students. She said six years ago, she had several girls who benefited from that drive who told her they could never go to the prom because they couldn’t afford a dress.
Hall knew she had to do something.
She said that’s why she continually holds the prom dress drive because it alleviates a lot of worry for parents who struggle to survive each day and it also makes a girl’s dream come true for a special night.
“They don’t have $300 to spend on a prom dress,” she said. “They might need that money to put it toward other resources.”
She said helping to alleviate that pressure is what the project is all about.
“We want every girl to be able to experience being Cinderella,” Hall said. “That one day where you get to put on your beautiful dress, where you don’t have to worry about anything but being beautiful and enjoying your life.”
The Salvation Army of Wilson and the Wesley Shelter’s Clothes Line has also helped with the project this year.
For more information, contact Angie Hall at 919-264-9363 or email email@example.com.