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Junior League of Columbus prepares for 4th Annual Project Prom event

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The final years of high school can bring added financial strain to families who are already struggling to make ends meet. Now, the Junior League of Columbus is working to help ease that stress with free prom dresses for Columbus area girls in their junior or senior year of high school.

 The Fourth Annual Project Prom event will take place from on March 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at the former St. Francis Center for Surgical Care located at 2119 Warm Springs Rd. in Columbus. Lines form early, and all that's required to participate is a valid school ID.

In addition to getting a free prom dress, attendees and their parents will attend a workshop called "How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk".

Ginny Lawrence, President Elect with the Junior League of Columbus, says they originally thought the girls who receive the dresses were the ones who benefited the most, but they have since learned that the event benefits the whole family.

"One girl in particular stands out in all of our minds," recalls Lawrence. "She came in with her mother, and her father was terminally ill, and that's why they couldn't afford a prom dress for her that year. And she was going back and forth between the dress she loved, and the dress her father loved. And so we told her to take both, and you know, make both of them happy that day."

Organizers are still collecting dresses of all sizes, and say they are particularly in need of plus size dresses. Donations of new or gently used prom dresses, and even prom accessories, can be brought to any Wade Cleaners location in Columbus.

For more information on the event itself, or on donating, visit the Junior League of Columbus website.

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