By Noemi  Pedraza

For some high school girls,  the lack of a dress may be the reason she does not go to prom.  Eliminating that problem is the inspiration behind the “Prom Dresses to Give” event, now in its fourth year. 

The prom dress giveaway will take place from 1-4 p.m on Sunday, March 10th in Plaza De La Raza, 3540 Mission. It’s open to seniors at all Los Angeles high schools.  Space is limited, and online pre-registration is required.

For the past three years, “Prom Dresses to Give” has organized local community members across Los Angeles and neighboring cities to join together to provide hundreds of gently used formal gowns to girls throughout Los Angeles.

A community-led effort, the event gives dresses to nearly 250 high school seniors who cannot otherwise afford a dress. In addition, the event hosts free make-up tutorials to help girls prepare for their special day.

The event’s founder, Amanda Mejia, says that the cost of a dress shouldn’t determine a student’s opportunity to attend prom.  “We want all young women to feel empowered, confident and beautiful on their special day,” she says.

You can RSVP on by searching Prom Dresses to Give 2019 or clicking here.  Each girl can bring up to two parents or guardians.  Registration is not required for them.

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Noemí Pedraza

Noemí Pedraza is a 2020 graduate of Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School. She enjoys playing the saxophone and volunteering. She hopes to double major in Biology and Journalism in college.

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