What can I say? I'm a sucker for fairy tales ... and for nonprofit groups that make them come true. So I knew I had to write a post about this D.C. group, Once Upon A Prom
, that provides scholarship funds and prom dresses to young women who could not otherwise afford them.
This past weekend, volunteers with Once Upon A Prom gathered more than 2,000 new and gently used dresses and invited young girls with a valid high school ID to choose one for free. To avoid a stampede, girls (accompanied by friends and family) are allowed in 10 at a time and asked to keep browsing time down to 15 minutes ... that way everyone gets an opportunity to look around without pushing through a crowd, and no one has to stand in line all day for a free gown.
Once Upon A Prom was started four years ago by three D.C.-area professionals. Since its first event, the group has donated hundreds of dresses to girls in the D.C. area. These are girls who might not otherwise be able to go to their school prom because they simply can't afford it.
Now that's what I call a dream come true!