SILVER SPRING, Md. - Between shoes, bling and of course, evening wear, it's hard not to spend hundreds of dollars getting ready for prom, but 200 students from the DMV area are walking away with prom essentials for free.
"It's an opportunity to give deserving students from schools that economically, are challenged, an opportunity for that prom look,” said Adria Alpert-Romm, Founder, Say Yes to the Prom. “And, all of these students are high-achieving students, and this opportunity is really a reward for everything they've done."
And what's committing to a dress without Monte Durham, a fan favorite from Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta?
"I know the struggles some of these deserving students are going through to get ready and afford prom,” said Durham. “I grew up and had the same situation. It's very dear to me."
Say Yes to the Prom has touched thousands of boys' and girls' lives over the last six years, and it all originates back to Discovery Communications' Global Corporate Headquarters in Silver Spring.
"When you have on a dress [from Macy’s] or tuxedo [from Men’s Wearhouse] that fits you and makes you feel great, [and] your whole world changes,” said Durham.
But the annual event goes beyond planning for prom; it works in conjunction with the Emma Bowen Foundation and the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation to provide scholarships and career connections.
"Prom is a celebration of what they've done, but prom is also opening the door to college and careers. That's what we're really focused on, [including] the college and career elements as well,” said Alpert-Romm.
The remaining dresses from Macy's don't go to waste; they're donated to a non-profit called Becca's Closet and given to thousands of more girls in need.