From now until March 31, Eastern Michigan University’s I am P.I.N.K. is playing fairy godmother by hosting a second annual prom dress drive, which provides donated dresses to Detroit high school students.
Janae Griggs, president of I am P.I.N.K., said the purpose of the event is to give young women the chance to be in the spotlight and to experience the prom.
“I wanted to find a way to ensure that every girl gets the opportunity to feel like the beautiful princess that she is,” Griggs said.
She encourages students to make a dress donation so someone who cannot afford a $300 dress will be able to create a night of memories.
“The fact of the matter is that as much as we’d like to…we’ll never squeeze back into those dresses,” Griggs said. “But by donating
them, you will be a part of making someone’s dreams come true.”
The EMU Women’s Resource Center, which is located on the third floor of the Student Center, is accepting prom, homecoming, ball and formal gown donations.
Griggs said the donations benefit Ypsilanti as well as Detroit because the organization is continuing their relationship with Ypsilanti High School, and plans to hold the event in both areas.
She said this event is different from the first dress drive because the student organization has expanded the event to Detroit and the
event in Ypsilanti will be larger.
“This event is a great example of women who are strangers to one another, working together as well as bonding and teaching one another that despite our various backgrounds, we are one,” Griggs said.
She said 10 dresses have been donated so far, and the organization is expecting to receive an additional 15 dress donations. Last year, I am P.I.N.K. received 30 dress donations.
I am P.I.N.K is founded on the mantra “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
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