• Domonic Botto, a Hillsborough Community College freshman, remembers how important high school prom is. “After hearing stories about teens who could not afford the luxuries of prom night,” he said, he launched Project: PROM! on Facebook and at projectprom.webs.com. “I have sought the help of the community to make the magic happen,” Botto said, and he’s getting responses.
The Velvet Rope Boutique, 1042 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico, is sponsoring Donation Day April 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect used dresses and tuxes. The Art of Hair Salon in Brandon has donated a prom hair-styling session, and Eyleen Torres Photography will provide a prom night photo session. (Check Facebook for details on how to be eligible for the donated goods.) Botto is still seeking donations from local restaurants and other prom-related businesses. For more information, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Through April 2, JCPenney is running the Wear It, Rock It, Give It campaign. All stores will collect used prom dresses for teens in need. The dresses will be donated to local after-school charities, which will give them to underprivileged girls. A bonus: When you donate, JCPenney will give you a coupon for 20 percent off any regular or sale-priced prom dress.
• The nonprofit organizations Belle of the Ball Project and Dream a Dress also are giving away prom dresses to low-income high school girls in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. Distributions are from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on these Saturdays: March 26, April 2, 9 and 30 and May 7 at Seminole Mall, 11201 Park Blvd. N in Seminole. For more information, visit belleoftheballproject.com.
— Compiled from staff reports