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The Prom Project is looking for donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes and accessories for high school girls with financial hardships.  At the boutique, personal shoppers - all volunteers - will help girls choose the perfect dress, while makeup artists and hair stylists will give demonstrations. Last year, the project donated dresses to over 200 girls.  Leftover gowns are sent to enlisted military wives from the first battalion at Camp Pendleton so they could attend the annual Marine Birthday Ball.

The Prom Project, a program of the North Orange County YWCA, will be  Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the United Methodist Church of Fullerton community room. Each year it donates gowns and formal dresses to high school girls who meet the eligibility requirements.

According to Executive Director Diane Masseth-Jones, “The senior prom is a huge milestone. Many of these girls are from low income families and had to overcome extreme obstacles to complete high school, and they deserve to celebrate their success.” Masseth-Jones, along with Fullerton resident Jahee Kim and her daughter Angeline, founded the Prom Project in 2007. Since 2009, Fullerton resident Eunice Chu has co-chaired the event with her daughter, Ashley, and they have expanded the event to reach girls from twenty-five high schools in North Orange County.

The Prom Project is always looking for donations of new or gently used prom gowns, shoes and accessories as well as financial contributions to purchase dresses and offset program costs. If you would like to help out, please contact Diane Masseth-Jones at (714) 871-4488.
The scholarship was started by Ruth Thurmond in the 1980s, when she began working with the YWCA to secure basic essentials like food and shelter for foreign students. In her work, she learned of few funding resources for women trying to go back to school, said her son, Don Thurmond.

Mrs. Thurmond’s passion for educating women was planted at a young age. During her senior year of college - around 1938 - she met the man she later married, but when they first met her father did not allow her to wed until she finished college and spent one year working in her chosen profession - teaching, said Don Thurmond, who continues his mother’s mission and scholarship even after her death.

In 2010, he was the first man appointed to the YWCA of North Orange County’s board of directors in 84 years. He serves as the association’s treasurer and in his role, he oversees investments made to generate the income from interest that funds the scholarship.
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