Prom season is underway and teens across Rhode Island are preparing to step out in style.
Some in Providence are getting a helping hand with their outfits through an annual tradition, The Providence Princess Prom Dress Giveaway.
Once a year, the Providence Teachers Union transforms into a private boutique where local teens can choose from an expansive selection of dresses.
It’s the chance for a young girl who might not otherwise be able to afford that special dress to make prom a night to remember.
“The girls are super appreciative, they come and they’re like, ‘thank you so much, I wouldn’t be able to go to my prom if we didn’t have this event.’ So it’s a great event,” said Deb Pilkington.
Teacher Deb Pilkington is the coordinator of the event, now in its fourteenth year.
“We outfit on average, probably about 250 girls a year, or students a year, and to date it’s been about thirty-five hundred students so far that we’ve outfitted for their prom,” said Pilkington.
The dresses come in new or lightly used, bought with money raised by teachers from stores or gifted by donors.
“Every year it has grown into something that’s become amazing,” added Pilkington. “It’s all about the students so whatever it takes, we do it.”
Pilkington tells us, donations are accepted year round. They can be dropped off at the Providence Teachers Union.