|Contact:||Amie M. Downs, County|
PITTSBURGH – This past Friday, the Fitzgerald family joined forces with WGIRLS Pittsburgh and the Department of Human Services for a last push for Project Prom donations by partnering with Oakland Catholic High School students for a collection event. Students at Oakland Catholic were asked to bring in unused prom/formal gowns, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories to donate to Project Prom.
“Project Prom is a great program that benefits so many girls my age,” said Mara Fitzgerald. “My friends and I were excited to pull dresses and jewelry that other girls could wear to their own proms. I’m glad that we were able to help and can’t wait to do this again next year.”
An alumna of Oakland Catholic also helped to pull together this year’s collection event. Hannah Diorio-Toth is a member of WGIRLS Pittsburgh, which partnered with the Department of Human Services to help collect donations.
“I contacted Oakland Catholic to be a collection site because when I was there, I really enjoyed volunteering and getting involved in the community,” said Hannah. “Since WGIRLS does volunteer work that benefits women and children in need, it was a good match and gave the girls at OC an easy way to get involved in a project that directly benefits girls their own age.”
Project Prom gives eligible young women the opportunity to receive prom attire free of charge thanks to the generosity of retail establishments and the general public. The Project Prom Gown Giveaway will be held beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, March 6, through Friday, March 9, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the third floor of Century III Mall near entrances E and F.
“Since it began in 2003, Project Prom has successfully matched numerous young women with formalwear for their proms,” said Ondrea Burton, a spokeswoman for Project Prom. “We are thrilled with all of the donations that have come in this year and were especially thrilled with the collection taken at Oakland Catholic. It is inspiring to see students motivated to help the cause.”
Oakland Catholic students who made a donation to Project Prom were eligible for gift certificates from local businesses that could be used for their own prom. Additional donations were made for Project Prom participants as well and were provided by Salvatore Puccini in Oakland, Nouveau Hair Studio in Carnegie, New Oakland Tailor, Shadyside Nails Salon, and Nails USA in the South Side.
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