Free prom dress? You bet

By Robert Kelly-goss

Albemarle Life Editor

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When Priscilla Azaglo was a senior in high school, the Charlotte native didn’t go to prom. She didn’t go to prom because she couldn’t afford a prom dress.

“I didn’t have enough money to buy a dress,” she said.

But the Elizabeth City State University Student Body President says she doesn’t want to see that happen to other girls. She says since that time several years ago, she made up her mind to help girls get to the prom by providing them with free dresses.

“It was a priority,” she says of her plan.

According the website PromGirl.com, prom dresses range in cost from $100 to $400. They can get higher but if you don’t even have the minimum for a dress, it doesn’t matter how high the cost, you’ll likely miss out on that high school rite of passage.

Last year Azaglo got together with other ECSU students and the girl empowerment organization Queens Dominion to provide free dresses. They were able to supply three area girls with dresses.

This year, she says they hope to provide up to 30 girls with dresses.

On Saturday, April 26 at 12:30 p.m., the ECSU Riley Student Center will be transformed into a boutique, says Azaglo. Girls who want a free dress will also be offered hair styling workshops, makeup workshops, a forum on avoiding drunk driving and an opportunity to join Queens Dominion.

Students will fill out an application. And while the dresses are free, the only thing Azaglo is asking is that the girls being helped this year promise to help girls get to prom in the future.

The dresses are donated to the organization. Azaglo has partnered with Camden County High School and Northeastern High School to get the word out about the program.

She says if there are not enough girls on April 26, she will consider holding the program again, on the following Saturday. For more information about the free prom dress program, you can contact Priscilla Azaglo 704-965-2124 or pazaglo703@students.ecsu.edu.