With the cost of gowns on the rise, one local woman wanted to make sure every girl could afford to go to prom.
In 2013 Lisa Bannister started Project Prom, a company that collects gowns year-round, and donates them to girls during prom season.
"It's a big deal to these girls, especially if they can't afford a dress, the looks on their face when they actually find a dress is priceless," Bannister said.
Community members have collected several hundred gowns this year. The first prom dress giveaway event was March 19 at the Wingate by Wyndham Hotel.
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