Project PROMise Celebrates Another Year Helping Highline Students
This past weekend saw the lobby of the Southcenter Doubletree Hotel abuzz with activity as the Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence moved in for their annual Project PROMise event.
This event — co-chaired by Ann Cressler and Holly Moore — is in it’s 3rd year of providing formal dresses and accessories to juniors and seniors in the Highline School District.
The project spanned two days, opening with a fashion show on Friday night and then a day full of dress fittings as the 90 students invited to participate arrived on Saturday to meet with a personal shopper and select their dress from among the 600 available.
The Foundation distributed invitations to Highline District high schools (Evergreen, Tyee Campus, Highline, and Mt. Rainier) based on their population and school counselors determined which students would most benefit from participation.
Working alongside Foundation volunteers were interns from the Pugest Sound Skill Center’s fashion program. Jessica Gutirrez and Karen Hernandez planned this year’s fashion show and helped with managing the inventory of dresses.
“I was surprised by how many dresses there were,” said Karen, “This really helps girls experience prom without having to worry about the cost.” Jessica agreed, saying “It’s a lot of hard work but it makes prom feel special.”
Also assisting this year was Highline High School senior Sam Neuffer. After benefiting from Project PROMise last year she felt compelled to conduct a dress drive for her senior project this year. Her efforts produced 11 dresses.
Ann Crossler, Highline Schools Foundation Trustee and Project PROMise Chair said “It was great to see the smile on so many girls’ faces when they entered the room and saw all of the dresses they could choose from! What a wonderful way to bring happiness to these girls in need – many working jobs to help their families while attending high school – and all without resources to treat themselves to a dress. We’re thrilled to provide this opportunity for them, and so pleased to see the community’s all-out support of this event!”