Leadership Tomorrow event provides free prom gowns

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 11:56 PM

Young girls browsed through formal dresses in all styles and colors, each looking for that perfect gown to wear to prom. This time of year, there's nothing unusual about that.

What made Sevier County Prom Closet unique is that the dresses were available at no cost. The event was held Saturday at First United Methodist Church.

Dresses ranged from sizes 0-26. There appeared to be something for everyone, and a spacious changing area with hanging racks was provided for girls to comfortably try on gowns.

Sevier County Prom Closet was sponsored by Leadership Tomorrow, a local civic group for young adults that focuses on personal growth, enhancing leadership skills, establishing a network of peers and developing habits that will benefit individual members as well as the county.

Through community donations, the group gathered approximately 100 dresses for girls to select from. Several dresses still had tags attached.

"People were here before we officially opened. We just let them come on in," said Allyson Griffin, one of the event organizers.

Crystal Mayerchak, a member of Project Sevier and a sophomore at Pigeon Forge High School, also assisted with the event. "I think it's really a good thing," she said. "The dress is the most expensive part, so offering girls a dress takes a lot of the stress off."

Sevier County Prom Closet will continue for at least another year.  Jordan Jeffers, a student at Sevier County High School and a member of First United Methodist Church, will organize next year's event as her Gold Award Project for Girl Scouts.

Said Griffin, "The more we get the word out, the more successful the project will become."

jfrye@themountainpress.com