‘We give it all away for free’: Prom Project Niagara helping kids graduate in style

Supporting Prom Project Niagara is a great way to put a smile on a teenager’s face while regaining some closet space at the same time.

Nikki George, president of the Kinette Club of Fort Erie, said Prom Project Niagara was started by the Kinettes in 2013.

The program, held in conjunction with the Education Foundation of Niagara and PenFinancial Credit Union, offers soon-to-be graduates with a selection of dresses, suits, shoes, and jewellery at no charge.

George said the event has been held at many different locations. This year, the event will be held at Stevensville Memorial Hall (2508 Stevensville Rd.) and St. Catharines Collegiate on May 4, 2024, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“We love to see all the smiles on all the kids we are able to help that wouldn’t otherwise be able to buy the dress that they want,” she said.

Gently used donations can be dropped off at any PenFinancial location, including in Fort Erie (1201 Garrison Rd.) during regular business hours. Items will be accepted until April 26.

Alternatively, the Kinettes can be contacted by email at forteriekinettes@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements.

George emphasized that the event is free and open to Grade 6, Grade 8, and Grade 12 graduates.

Switzer-Carty (959 Garrison Rd.) is offering a free shuttle service to the event with pickup locations at John Brant Public School and Greater Fort Erie Secondary School (GFESS).

Parents can contact the schools directly for more information on shuttle times and how to register their child.

“Spacing is limited for the bus,” said George.

George also thanked everyone in the community who donates and supports the annual event.

“It is giving back to the community,” she said. “For the families that aren’t able to get their children their outfits for their proms or graduations, we give it all away for free.”

She added, “It’s one of our favourite projects to do for the year.”

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