MEDINA — Prom can be exciting and magical night for many girls, but the cost can often derail the night long before the first dance.
Harvest Presbyterian Church wants to help to alleviate the cost through its annual prom ministry event.
“This is our third year and we had been talking about a clothing ministry as part of Harvest Church Outreach,” said Denise Walsh, a church volunteer.
“It was placed on the heart of one of the members of the church that maybe we needed to have a prom ministry where we would provide free dresses and accessories to girls in Medina County and beyond … and provide them with everything they need for prom.”
This prom event is an extension of the church’s clothing ministry. This year’s theme is “All Dressed Up.”
“We want to promote positive self-image and confidence based on their inner beauty more so than their outer beauty,” Walsh said.
The last two years, Harvest Church has helped 20 to 30 girls.
The day that the girls go to pick out their outfits can be as exciting as the actual event as there are many fun treats and activities.
“The way it works is the girls register … and when they come to the church they are given a personal shopper and this personal shopper stays with the young lady and her family and helps her select the perfect dress, the shoes, the jewelry, the handbag,” Walsh said.
Harvest Church accepts donations of gently used dresses, jewelry and shoes along with monetary donations.
Dresses are then pressed at the church for the girls and there is a seamstress on site to make minor alterations.
The girls and their families are even treated to a meal in the church’s café and afterward, they model their gowns for all to see.
“We have them walk a red carpet and we celebrate them and how beautiful they are and we have a little mini photo shoot,” said Walsh.
At the end of their appointment, girls receive a gift bag filled with makeup and other beauty products to help them get ready for the dance.
This year’s event is set for 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the church located at 1095 E. Reagan Parkway.