Abby's Closet Prom Gown Giveaway makes high school dreams come true
Do you, or a high schooler you know, need a fancy dress? You can get one for FREE at the Abby's Closet Prom Gown Giveaway! The Oregon Convention Center is filled with more than 7,000 gowns in all styles, sizes and colors. Each girl gets to pick out a dress and an accessory to take home. Co-founder Abby Egland says it all started with her first prom dress. She loved it so much, she wanted to donate it to another student. Fourteen years later, Abby, her co-founder mom and dozens of volunteers have given away 20,000 dresses.
"It's crazy!" Abby said, "We thought we'd do it one year and get rid of my dress. It's been so cool to see how it's evolved." Abby's Closet is now giving away college scholarships and they have a student advisory board to give girls leadership and volunteer experience.
Abby says this event is about so much more than the dress. It's a bonding opportunity. "Girls are in the dressing room that have never met. They're zipping each other up, telling each other they're beautiful. Everyone's kind of acting like surrogate best friends or sisters or moms, so it's great."
As for the lasting effects, Abby says, "You stand up a little bit taller; you feel more confident; it makes you feel beautiful; and if that can help them feel beautiful in one night, what is that going to do for the rest of their lives? We want them thinking about their future and what they're gonna be doing next."
If this all sounds too good to be true, it's not! All you need to do is bring proof that you're in high school, like a student ID card.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
Oregon Convention Center, Hall D
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
FREE - just bring proof that you're in high school!