Program provides free prom dresses

Leadership Tomorrow team gathers 100 gowns
Apr. 05, 2013 @ 11:46 PM

Sevier County Prom Closet will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday at 11 a.m. Event organizers believe “every young lady deserves a beautiful entrance,” and used prom dresses will be offered at no cost.

The event is sponsored by Leadership Tomorrow,  a program developed and sponsored by Leadership Sevier. The goal of Leadership Tomorrow is to provide a forum for young adults to focus on personal growth, enhance leadership skills, establish a network of peers and develop habits that will benefit themselves and Sevier County.

Every year, from October through May, each Leadership Tomorrow team plans and complete a community service project as part of the course’s graduation requirements.

Team member Luke Michaluk said his group considered several other projects before settling on Prom Closet. “We realized that there are so many girls with dresses just taking up space in their closets, and there are a lot of girls who would benefit from an event like this. We decided to match the two together,” he explained.

Michaluk said that the team has been collecting dresses for about a month and a half, and they currently have approximately 100 dresses.

“We don’t have any requirements or anything. We just hope to get some girls out that need the dresses. We want to help out as many people as we can,” Michaluk said.

Donations to Sevier County Prom Closet can be left at a variety of designated drop off spots, including Healthy Balance Meals, Timber Tops, all Sevier County Smart Banks and First United Methodist Church in Sevierville.

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