Highline Schools Foundation’s Project PROMise Helps Girls In Need

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Story & Photos by Gina Bourdage

Every year a special event comes around that is supposed to be one of the most memorable times in a young person’s life…The Prom.

But the cost of this event has risen astronomically over time and made this rite of passage something that only those who can afford it can attend.

That is where the Highline Schools Foundation has stepped in to help with their Project PROMise Event.

A select group of high school girls are invited to this exclusive event where they will be treated to a boutique shopping experience to get them outfitted for the prom. Along with their personal shopper they will choose a dress, accessories, shoes and the works. Local businesses are encouraged to donate anything that will make these students’ night as special as possible, from dinners from local restaurants to local chauffeurs and florists.

According to the Highline Schools Foundation website:

For many high school girls, going to the prom is an event anticipated for years and not going because the family can’t afford a formal dress can be devastating. However, we as a Foundation are determined to make a difference.

Through the efforts of Project Promise, these girls will be able to attend the prom in beautiful dresses donated by local organizations and community members.

On Saturday, May 8, 2010, high school girls from the Highline School District will be greeted by a volunteer “Personal Shopper” at the Doubletree Guest Suites in Tukwila, who will help them select the perfect dress for their prom.  Dress recipients have the option of keeping the dresses or returning them to the Foundation for use next year.

We are excited to see this program grow in the coming years, making it possible for many more students enjoy this special high school tradition.

We need your help!

Please consider collecting formal dresses for Project Promise at your workplace, community group or church. You can make a dream come true in the life of a student.  We are currently accepting donations of new/like new formal dresses of all sizes and colors for Project Promise. These dresses may be brought to the HSFFE office or delivered to any of these additional “drop off” points: Highline High School, Mt. Rainier High School, Tyee High School (500 Building), Evergreen High School.

Also, the first-ever PROMise Fashion Show will take place this Friday, May 7th beginning at 7pm at the Doubletree Suites in Tukwila. This event is a culminating project by Heidi Buck, a senior at Highline High School, and it is designed to thank the community and donors that have helped make Project PROMise successful.

There are only 50 seats left, and you must be 21 years old to attend. If you are interested in attending, please send Highline Schools Foundation an email at [email protected] or call 206-248-5196, and they will send you an eVITE with all the event’s details.

I cannot think of a better way to get use out of a bridesmaid or formal dress you may never wear. Guys what about that tux which is now too small? We all have shoes that we have been asking ourselves what we would ever wear something that fancy to. When it comes to jewelry everything goes now! The fashion trends today are from every ear so if you have items that you think aren’t in you can ask yourself how nice it would be to sparkle up a young ladies night with a few cute bobbles.

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