Two, Erie organizations giving away free prom dresses

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It’s that time of the year again, prom season.

A season always proving to be expensive, but one local organization is helping to give every girl the chance to experience the night on a budget.

Project prom was started by Lisa Bannister in 2013.

Bannister says she started the project to give away free prom dresses to girls who may not be able to normally afford the cost of a dress.

She says she’s helped around 400 girls over the past few years through the generous donations of gently used or new dresses from the public.

“Just giving the girls an opportunity to go to prom, letting them have a free dress and then having the opportunity just to be able to go is what it means to me.”

Anyone high school girl attending prom is allowed to come to any project prom event, doesn’t matter which school.

Bannister is also holding events Sunday at the Wingate by Wyndam hotel from 1 to 5 p.m. and next weekend at Avalon hotel also from 1 to 5 p.m.

The Cinderella Project Prom Dress Giveaway is also helping those in need of a dress for their special night.

This is the first year for the Cinderella Project was held at the Bourbon Barrel in downtown Erie.

Organizers say it was ran out of Harbor Creek in the past.

Hundreds of girls from all different surrounding schools were able to come try dresses on and pick the perfect gown for prom.

“Giving them the opportunity to go to prom when finances may not normally allow that, it’s humbling to me. So I hope it means a lot to them.”

The Cinderella Project Prom Dress Giveaway is also open to any high school girl from any school.

The event will be back at the Bourbon Barrel again Sunday from 10 to 3.

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