Hundreds go shopping at Prom Project Hamilton

Community Apr 16, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

For many of the students, it was their only chance to get clothes to wear to their prom.

The second annual Prom Project gave students a chance to select formal wear, shoes and accessories at no cost to themselves, to wear at their formals, graduations and special events and feel confident, stylish and proud.

It was held last Saturday at Sir Allan MacNab and Delta high schools.

“There are so many parents who never anticipated that their child would go to a prom and look like everyone else and not have to pay a $400 price tag,” said MacNab teacher Amy Yanover, who organized her school’s event with Lisa Farrugia.

One mother was crying after her tall son found a new suit he could wear.

“She said she’s always had trouble finding a suit at an affordable price that would fit him,” said Yanover.

“He tried this one and no alterations were needed. It was phenomenal.”

He also found a new pair of shoes to match — and no one would ever know where he found the formal wear.

Volunteers started getting the Prom Project ready in February, spending time before and after school  — and most of March break — to organize, collect and sort the donations. Several businesses donated items to give away and some offered staff to help students with makeup, hair and alterations of their new items.

Before the doors opened, there were at least 50 students, many accompanied by their parents, lined up.

Yanover noted donations not selected Saturday will be stored for next year’s event. Students in her fashion class will use some of the items when they learn about styles, types of materials and alterations.

Julie Densham of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Foundation estimated about 3,000 items, including some new clothing and accessories, were available at each site. She said she expected about 300 students to shop at each site.

Densham said each student who attended the Prom Project received a grab bag loaded with Lush products on their way out.

Hundreds go shopping at Prom Project Hamilton

Second edition of event which offers students formal wear, shoes and accessories at no cost

Community Apr 16, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

For many of the students, it was their only chance to get clothes to wear to their prom.

The second annual Prom Project gave students a chance to select formal wear, shoes and accessories at no cost to themselves, to wear at their formals, graduations and special events and feel confident, stylish and proud.

It was held last Saturday at Sir Allan MacNab and Delta high schools.

“There are so many parents who never anticipated that their child would go to a prom and look like everyone else and not have to pay a $400 price tag,” said MacNab teacher Amy Yanover, who organized her school’s event with Lisa Farrugia.

One mother was crying after her tall son found a new suit he could wear.

“She said she’s always had trouble finding a suit at an affordable price that would fit him,” said Yanover.

“He tried this one and no alterations were needed. It was phenomenal.”

He also found a new pair of shoes to match — and no one would ever know where he found the formal wear.

Volunteers started getting the Prom Project ready in February, spending time before and after school  — and most of March break — to organize, collect and sort the donations. Several businesses donated items to give away and some offered staff to help students with makeup, hair and alterations of their new items.

Before the doors opened, there were at least 50 students, many accompanied by their parents, lined up.

Yanover noted donations not selected Saturday will be stored for next year’s event. Students in her fashion class will use some of the items when they learn about styles, types of materials and alterations.

Julie Densham of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Foundation estimated about 3,000 items, including some new clothing and accessories, were available at each site. She said she expected about 300 students to shop at each site.

Densham said each student who attended the Prom Project received a grab bag loaded with Lush products on their way out.

Hundreds go shopping at Prom Project Hamilton

Second edition of event which offers students formal wear, shoes and accessories at no cost

Community Apr 16, 2016 by Gord Bowes Hamilton Mountain News

For many of the students, it was their only chance to get clothes to wear to their prom.

The second annual Prom Project gave students a chance to select formal wear, shoes and accessories at no cost to themselves, to wear at their formals, graduations and special events and feel confident, stylish and proud.

It was held last Saturday at Sir Allan MacNab and Delta high schools.

“There are so many parents who never anticipated that their child would go to a prom and look like everyone else and not have to pay a $400 price tag,” said MacNab teacher Amy Yanover, who organized her school’s event with Lisa Farrugia.

One mother was crying after her tall son found a new suit he could wear.

“She said she’s always had trouble finding a suit at an affordable price that would fit him,” said Yanover.

“He tried this one and no alterations were needed. It was phenomenal.”

He also found a new pair of shoes to match — and no one would ever know where he found the formal wear.

Volunteers started getting the Prom Project ready in February, spending time before and after school  — and most of March break — to organize, collect and sort the donations. Several businesses donated items to give away and some offered staff to help students with makeup, hair and alterations of their new items.

Before the doors opened, there were at least 50 students, many accompanied by their parents, lined up.

Yanover noted donations not selected Saturday will be stored for next year’s event. Students in her fashion class will use some of the items when they learn about styles, types of materials and alterations.

Julie Densham of the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Foundation estimated about 3,000 items, including some new clothing and accessories, were available at each site. She said she expected about 300 students to shop at each site.

Densham said each student who attended the Prom Project received a grab bag loaded with Lush products on their way out.