Prom Dresses

Photo illustration by Stephanie McGee

Project Prom gives dresses
to garment-less princesses

A local dress drive is marking eight years of giving formal wear to high school girls who wouldn’t normally be able to afford a new dress.

Jean Richardson, Project Prom program founder, came up with the idea after calling high schools in Cheyenne. She asked whether she could give to a dress donation program and received the resounding answer “No.”  From those calls, Project Prom has moved from being run from her house to operating out of the Just Dandy shop downtown, and now to having donated space each year.

Project Prom’s goal is to grant girls who cannot afford prom attire the ability to focus on other expenses by removing the dress cost from the equation. Richardson said it was important to send girls to prom in high school to make the memories that prom night evokes.

Richardson said Laramie County Community College is a good location to find dresses because of the younger demographic who walks the campus. She added people tend to hang on to stuff they don’t need, and this was a good opportunity to donate to making memories for other young women.

Last year, Project Prom gave away 200 dresses to girls from Cheyenne as well as the surrounding area.

Richardson said girls from Nebraska, Pine Bluffs, Torrington, Laramie, Colorado, Kansas and nearby Indian reservations came looking for dresses.

This year’s location has yet to be announced. Project Prom runs from mid-March until the end of April. 

When visiting project prom, bring only one guest and a valid high school ID. Dresses are free.

Gently used gowns can be donated to Just Dandy, at 212 W. 17th St.

For more information on the dresses or to volunteer, contact Jean Richardson at 307-630-9250.