AKRON -- Girls from area high schools can get the prom dress of their dreams free from Altrusa International of Akron's annual Princess Night Project.
Since 2001, local members of Altrusa International, a volunteer service organization, have helped make prom dreams come true for more than 1,500 girls by providing them with a free prom dress.
This year's Princess Night Project will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 11 at the Family of Faith United Methodist Church, located at 800 E. Market St. in Akron.
No recommendation or qualification is needed. Any girl who attends gets to choose from more than 1,000 gowns hanging by size on the racks. Altrusa asks only for the name of the girl's school and how she heard about Princess Night Project.
Once registered, the girls select a gown with the help of aides to direct them to the proper sizes. The aides act as "personal shoppers," helping make selections from the dresses. Seamstresses are available to make minor alterations.
Altrusa also offers a large selection of dressy shoes and other accessories such as purses, wraps and jewelry. Complimentary makeup and fragrance samples also will be given to the girls for use on prom night.
Altrusa is accepting donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes, jewelry, purses and wraps. Donations can be dropped off at locations in Ellet, Cuyahoga Falls and West Akron. Call the numbers below for details.
Gowns and accessories also may be brought to the church from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call Linda Rittenour at 330-733-1353 or Alice Luse at 330-869-5161.