Operation Prom Dress

Eblen Charities welcomes spring with its annual formal dress giveaway, to be held on April 23, 2022.

Proms, military balls and other formal dances are part of many young people’s high school or college experience. But the cost associated with formal dresses, which can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars, often make that experience out of reach. Eblen Charities Operation Prom Dress Giveaway aims to address that problem by making new and gently used dresses, shoes, jewelry and other accessories available to our community members at no-cost.

The Giveaway, now in its 10th year, is scheduled for Saturday, April 23rd from 10 am-2 pm at 52 Westgate Parkway Asheville (formerly Frugal Backpacker) located in the Westgate Shopping Center. We invite our community members to come and see, try on and take home dresses and accessories at no charge. Due to Covid-19, we request that shoppers bring only 1 guest.

Sharon Fish, former graduation specialist for Buncombe County Schools, said the dresses mean so much to the young women who will be wearing them on prom night “The prom dresses make a huge difference,” she said. “Some of these girls may be parents, who are working to support a child. The prom may otherwise be out of reach financially without this program. When we walk in, and they see the vast selection Eblen has available, you can see their faces light up. It becomes a reality that just for that one special night they can be Cinderella at the ball, and it doesn’t cost them anything,”

We are still collecting items like clean formal dresses, shoes, jewelry, handbags, etc. from 9 – 5 pm, Monday through Friday at the Eblen Charities offices at 50 Westgate Parkway Asheville, NC. If you have questions about the giveaway, or would like to donate please contact Susan Riddle at 828.255.3066 ext. 7217 or at [email protected]