April 6th at 5:30 AM, the doors to the Oregon Convention Center will swing open marking the beginning of Abby’s Closet’s Annual Prom Dress Giveaway. What exactly happens there? We’re glad you asked. Here’s the low down straight from Abby’s Closet:
Each spring, Abby’s Closet hosts a Prom Dress Giveaway event to distribute the dresses, shoes and accessories that have been collected throughout the year. Abby’s Closet will provide a free (that’s right, FREE… no strings attached!) prom dress to any high school student who wants one. We are welcoming to people of different gender identities, abilities, sizes, and socioeconomic status. The goal of Abby’s Closet is to make every participant feel special, beautiful, empowered and confident. The only requirement is that attendees show a high school ID card or proof of enrollment in high school. For many of the students who attend our Giveaway, receiving a dress presents an opportunity to experience a once in a life time event they might otherwise not be able to participate in due to the expense of purchasing a dress. With over 7,000 dresses each year in every size and style – you won’t want to miss it!
We’ll be in attendance distributing Prom Survival Kits to anyone who would like them as part of the Good Decision Making Alliance. The Kits will include items that will come in handy the night of like bobby pins, breath mints, and spot remover in addition to some information on underage drinking.
The event will go as follows: As students arrive, they are given a numbered wristband and told the approximate time they will be able to enter the Salon. The dresses are grouped in ‘Salons’ by size and color. Once in the Salon, there are plenty of volunteers to help you find the perfect gown. After a dress is selected, students are also able to select an accessory item (ex. purse, wrap, jewelry). Then they are on their way!
Abby’s Closet loves capturing photos of attendees and their beautiful dresses during the event. They ask that all attendees complete a photo release form. Complete your form early by clicking here! Photo release forms will also be available at the event.
For further information, visit the FAQ section on their website.