Prom Dress Extravaganza will be hosting a paint night Wednesday, March 28 to raise funds for their Prom Dress Project. Money raised will go towards purchasing dress racks, hangers, garment bags, storage, swag bag items and if needed, more dresses. In addition to the paint project they will be hosting raffles. People who bring dresses to the event are eligible to win free movie passes or raffle prizes. The event will be held at Paine's and will start with a no host dinner and cocktails from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Paint project will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Started in 2016 by Amanda Hernandez, Allison Garcia, and Nikki Vineyard, the organization collects and distributes prom dresses, shoes & accessories to high school girls in need.
"As many people know, prom is very expensive, and a lot of these kids cannot afford the expense . This event makes it more obtainable for these girls to attend prom, and make fun high school memories! We run the event solely on formal wear donations from the community and money out of our own pocket to keep it going," Hernandez said.
Since starting their prom dress giveaway, Prom Dress Extravaganza has been able to help 59 girls.
"The first year we had 21 girls attend and thankfully every single one of them left with a beautiful dress. The next year we had 38 girls attend and all but one girl walked away with a dress. Sadly, the girl who did not find a dress was very petite and nothing fit her right. We were able to give her a really nice pair of heels and a clutch," Hernandez explained. "Our goal is to make sure every girl no matter what shape or size feels beautiful with the dress we can provide them."
This year they will be continuing their Prom Dress Giveaway with an event on Sunday, April 22, at Paine's Restaurant from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Hernandez said they are still looking for people to donate gently used formal dresses, heels, clutches and jewelry as well as volunteers to help on the day of the giveaway.
"People who can help set up, clean up and the best is help shop with the girls," she said. "We are always looking for 'personal shoppers' for the girls. It is actually really fun and rewarding! You help the girls look through the racks of dresses, try them on, and accessorize."
In addition to dresses and volunteers, they hope to be have each girl walk away with a swag bag.
"We give each girl who comes to the event a swag bag filled with candy, makeup, nail polish etc. We want every girl to leave with something. The last few years we have been buying the items ourselves but we would gladly take donations," she said.
For more information about the event or to volunteer contact Amanda Hernandez at 831-265-1440, Allison Garcia at 831-524-1228 or Nikki Vineyard at 831-245-5718.