Monmouth County Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey are launching their 2nd Annual Princess Prom Project to provide prom dresses to local high school students at no cost. The project strives to ensure that high schoolers who would otherwise not be able to afford a prom dress can have a memorable and magical prom night.
“A gown for prom can cost a couple hundred dollars or more, which can be too much for families on a tight budget. Our goal is to help as many students look and feel their best,” said Downey (D-Monmouth), “I have two young daughters myself, and I would want the same for them on their prom night. Everyone deserves that special evening.”
“As members of the General Assembly, a big part of our job is legislation. But taking care of our community is just as important,” said Assemblyman Houghtaling (D-Monmouth), “So many generous families have donated old gowns they found hanging in their closets, never to be worn again. We have over one hundred dresses in our office right now, and we hope they each find a new home.”
Students in need of a prom dress can choose a free gown from a large selection during a series of Shopping Parties at the District 11 Legislative Office in Ocean Township. Appointments will be accepted from March 20 to April 8, with four Shopping Party dates throughout April and May. Appointments can be made by calling the office at (732) 695-3371. Busy schedules can be accommodated.
Families who would like to support the Princess Prom Project can do so by donating gently-used formal or cocktail dresses to add to the current collection of dresses. Dresses of any size in good condition that have been previously cleaned will be accepted. Accessories, purses, and jewelry to help complete the perfect prom ensemble will also be accepted.
Gently worn formal or cocktail dresses can be donated to the District 11 Legislative Office located at 802 West Park Avenue, Suite 221, Ocean Township, NJ 07712. Shopping Parties will be held from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 11, 2017; Tuesday, April 25, 2017; Tuesday, May 9, 2017; and Thursday, May 11, 2017. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (732) 695-3371 or email AsmHoughtaling@njleg.org or AswDowney@njgleg.org.
The Princess Prom Project is open to high school girls who live in the 11th District, which consists of Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Long Branch, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls, and West Long Branch.