28 Feb JLGC addresses dreams with Project Prom
JLGC addresses dreams with Project Prom
FEB 27, 2018 – 6:00 AM
For eight years, the Junior League of Greater Covington has hosted Project Prom, which gives high school girls the chance to choose the dresses of their dreams for the upcoming prom season.
The event was at the league’s Dogwood Cottage in downtown Covington on Feb. 24. About 75 girls attended the morning affair, with many lined up at the front doors hoping to have first choice in choosing a gown.
The cottage was cleared of all furniture for the event, with racks of gowns sorted by size. The front foyer held tables of jewelry and handbags complimented by shelves lined with colorful leather and rhinestone shoe selections.
Many of the attendees would not be able to attend their dances without the project, event co-chairwoman Ashley Puntila said.
“We are so thankful for the generosity of our members and the many local vendors for donating the new and gently used formal gowns for our participants,” Puntila said. “Each year, the colors and styles are so varied, and we can tell how appreciative and excited the girls are.”
The upstairs of the venue was divided into curtained changing areas. Throughout the day, door prizes were offered, including certificates for spray tans, corsages, boutonnieres and hair products.
One grateful mother, Debbie Henkel, arrived just before noon with her three daughters, Karianne, Cailin and Pamela.
“Having three girls, all high-school aged, preparing to go to a formal event, is truly mind boggling. When we saw the flier for Project Prom, we knew this was our only option,” she said.
After selecting their dresses, the girls were directed to the board room, where volunteers from the Aveda Institute of Covington were providing complimentary makeup sessions as well as hairstyling suggestions. Each girl was given a coupon for a complimentary shampoo and blow-dry, as well.
“By the time you add up shoes, dress, jewelry, hair and makeup, prom is just not an affordable option for me,” said Marlyse Barton, a student who attended the Project Prom event. “I’m a senior this year, and when I found out about this, I knew it was my chance to make a memory and attend my final prom.”
Barton chose a dark green organza dress, which complimented her red hair and green eyes. Junior League volunteers were on hand to help her choose an accessory to match the unique neckline of the gown.
The event has been so well received in the community that the league launched Project Homecoming to assist with wardrobes for the fall event.
For more information on the Junior League of Greater Covington and its many community projects, go online to www.jlgc.net.