This episode is about how one person’s mission is to make prom possible for many in Boone and Raleigh Counties.
Hollie Smarr started Free Prom Project, a non profit organization, back at the beginning of the year. She said they started it to eliminate the financial burden from costly outfits.
“We provide free prom gowns, free suits, essentially several free tuxes this year fortunately, shoes, accessories, as well as free prom day services, salon services, makeup services in addition to prom ticket sponsorships,” Smarr said.
Smarr said around 150 dresses were donated by the community, which helped around 50 students go to prom. That being said, the Free Prom Project partnered with Liberty High School and Amber Whitener to make sure everyone looks their best for the big night.
“My partnership with the Free Prom Project is that I offer simple alterations to the girls gowns,” Whitener said. “I also offer floral designs to do their bouquets, their wands, their boutonnieres, their wrist corsage anything that they need to make that dress look it’s best.”
Smarr and Whitener both said it is amazing to get to see the smiles on the students’ faces when trying them on.
“It means everything,” Smarr said. “It means that the mission that we set out to do is being accomplished. It’s a wonderful feeling just to be able to serve so many kids in this area who are in need or who maybe just need a little pick me up. It’s been absolutely wonderful.”
While this was a growing year for Free Prom Project, Smarr is hoping to continue this project for years to come and help more schools throughout all of Southern West Virginia. If you would like to help with their mission, you can visit Free Prom Project.