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Fourth annual Project Prom seeking donations

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

Winter weather may have finally arrived but Shelbyville High School is starting to think about the upcoming spring – specifically Prom.

As in previous years, the high school is looking to help students who are financially unable to attend this year’s Prom through donations from the community.

Project Prom, now in its fourth year, is accepting donations for this year’s event, scheduled for April 13 at Primo Event Center in Indianapolis.

The public is invited to deliver gently-used dresses, black suits or tuxes, or donate $40 to purchase a ticket for a student, to the high school. The high school started accepting suits and tuxes last year after male students asked for help. Mayor Tom DeBaun made a donation and the high school decided to expand the operation.

Donations can be delivered from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the high school, 2003 S. Miller St.

Dean’s Cleaners, which has supported the project from the beginning, will again clean the dresses for free.

Lori Creech, who helps organize Project Prom, said their efforts have grown “bigger and bigger” every year.

The donations made won’t necessarily be limited to students who attend Shelbyville High School.

Last year, 75 students from around Shelby County received help. The high school opened Project Prom to all of Shelby County last year.

Students will be able to pick out their dress from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. March 2 at Shelbyville High School. Creech said donations are accepted year-round but with the countdown to Prom now three months away, they are making an extra push for donations.