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Priceless Gown Project creates priceless moments

Cassandra Vincent | 3/28/2014, 6 a.m.
On Saturday, March 22, 2014, The Priceless Gown Project celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, by ...
(Left to right) Catonya Lester, vice president, Priceless Gown Project; Miss Delmarva 2014, Diane Mitchell; Miss Anne Arundel County 2014, Kati Peditto; Miss Annapolis 2014, Ebony Sherrill; Leslie Collier, President Priceless Gown Project; Miss Baltimore, Samantha Hawkins; Onahlea Shimunek and Claudia Womack of the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards; Miss Baltimore Outstanding Teen 2014, Brittany Brown; and Miss Black Maryland USA DeJanee Fennell. (Courtesy photo)

— On Saturday, March 22, 2014, The Priceless Gown Project celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, by creating more priceless moments for hundreds of local junior and senior high school girls.

“The Priceless Gown Project was created in an effort to help young women attend their prom who otherwise would not be able to finance the experience on their own,” said founder Becky Davis. Davis started the annual event after she experienced firsthand the challenge she faced with helping a teen she was mentoring prepare for prom. Davis turned this regional-wide problem into a successful effort that is now led by President Leslie Collier and Vice President Catonya Lester.

This year over 200 young ladies benefited from The Priceless Gown Project and received many exciting gifts in addition to prom dresses. The attendees had the opportunity to select from hundreds of formal dresses many of which had never been worn. The event offered the ladies complimentary makeup demonstrations by the Glam Gurus, an etiquette chat and training with Retta Timmons of Style & Grace Coaching, personal shopping assistance, and a host of entertainment provided by 92Q Jams and other invited guests.

“It has been very exciting, the day is really fun and means a lot that so many girls are being helped to find a great prom dress,” said Imani Robinson, 17, of Baltimore County.

Many individuals and organizations volunteered their time to make the day a wonderful experience. Amanda Ross, Miss Maryland United States 2014 and DeJanee Fennell, Miss Black Maryland USA were among the pageant queens from surrounding counties who participated in the festivities and served as personal shopping assistants to the young ladies.

It is not too late to be a part of this amazing effort. If you are in need of a prom dress or you have a formal dress that you would like to donate, email: pricelessgownproject@gmail.com. The drop off location for donations is Crystal’s Bridal & Tuxedo 2 N. Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231.