Princess Project Makes Dreams Come True For Bay Area Teens

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The 'Princess Project' gives prom dresses, and accessories to teen girls who can't afford them.

The ‘Princess Project’ gives prom dresses, and accessories to teen girls who can’t afford them.

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) –For the tenth year in a row, a Bay Area non-profit organization is giving away free prom dresses in San Francisco.

The Princess Project helps high school girls who may otherwise not be able to afford to go to their prom.

Angelique Willard, a senior at Kennedy High School in Richmond, came to the Princess Project’s donated warehouse space on Townsend Street on Sunday and found dozens of racks of dresses arranged by size and color.

“I got a long dress. It’s pretty and it’s an iridescent dress,” she said. “It’s teal and I really like it.”

Since 2002, the 100-percent volunteer-based Princess Project gathers donated prom dresses This year there are more than 4,000 and San Francisco Site Chair Cherie Sapantay said this weekend, girls are invited to shop by group appointments, to pick out one dress and one accessory each.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“We’re also doing dress giveaways, which are open to the public, next Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th,” she said.

Willard’s mother, Marie Johnson, said that with graduation, prom and other activities, senior year can get expensive so the Princess Project has been a blessing for her family.

“This is something worthwhile for people who can’t afford but want to go to prom,” she said. “To come over here and receive something so they can enjoy prom night.”

The Princess Project offers dresses sized 0-30. Girls who would like a dress need to bring a valid high school ID; no proof of financial need is required.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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