Sorority Makes Prom Dreams Come True

The prom. For many, it is a high school dream come true, but for those who cannot afford a dress, it could be a nightmare. One local group is playing ‘the dress fairy’ to teenagers just in time for the big night. Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, Incorporated, hosted the Royal Princesses Formal Dress Drive at Dutch Square Mall Wednesday. The event was held in an effort to get gowns to girls who may not otherwise be able to have one. Janet Timmons of Columbia jumped at the chance to help. “It’s perfect to know someone in the local community will benefit, that this dress will go directly to a young lady that can use it and feel fabulous on prom night,” said Timmons. Timmons handed over new jewelry, make-up, perfume and all things prom and pretty for dress drive. “I thought what a wonderful idea of prom dresses to make girls really feel fabulous.” Soon, word about the dress drive spread to a mall merchant, who got in on the giving. “The value is anywhere between four and six thousand that we’re donating,” said business owner Cassandra Risher. “But it doesn’t matter because we just want to be a blessing to someone else.” Organizers say the ‘real’ blessing will take place on the inside. “It helps your inner person say let me stand up straighter, let me smile more and let me be confident and present best foot forward.” Probably the biggest character-builder is, after the girls receive their free prom dress, they have to write a thank-you letter to the organization that sponsored the event. If you missed the dress drive and want to donate prom items, you can call 803-730-0336. All donations are tax-deductible. Monique Williams reports. To see the complete story, click on the Video Player icon under the News section.