HAZARD — One high school junior at Hazard Independent High School is making it her mission to give every girl an opportunity to have an enchanted prom night by collecting donated prom dresses for girls in need.
Junior Stacie Fugate came with the idea of “No Princess Left Behind” after participating in community service that centered on food and clothes, but she realized that there wasn’t any community service that helped with prom. This makes her first year collecting dresses.
“I was thinking about how we deliver all this food and these clothes, but no matter how much of stuff that you get, a girl deserves prom,” said Fugate.
Her experience of prom last year taught her how much prom could cost.
“I knew there were people who were worthy of it. I just wanted to do something that made a change in my community,” Fugate said.
For girls who might be nervous or embarrassed about reaching out to Fugate for a prom dress, Fugate promised that those who reach out to her or Helen Williams would be kept confidential.
“I know that some girls don’t want this out in the public, out in the open. If I were to help them in any way, then nobody would know but me and Williams,” said Fugate.
Williams, who works at Human Resources at HHS, is helping Fugate coordinate her efforts.
Fugate said she has 10 girls so far lined up for the enchanted prom night. Fugate will type up an enchanted invitation, inviting the girls to Hazard High School. Prom dresses are hung up by sizes and the girls can select the prom dress they want and then take it home with them.
Before prom, Fugate and some of the girls will go to Hazard Community and Technical College to get their hair and makeup done. Fugate also has a photographer that will take pictures if the prom goers would like them.
Besides dresses, people can donate shoes, unused makeup, nail polish, monetary donations and volunteer time.
The community has already showed an overwhelming amount of support for Fugate. Mount Mission donated prom dresses and Fugate has had some of her friends donate prom dresses as well. Members of her family are also helping with prom night by helping fix the prom goers hair and nails. Fugate has also received monetary donations as well.
Danisons Formal Wear donated a $500 gift certicate for a prom dress at their store.
Donations can be dropped off at Hazard High School or you can contact Fugate at 606-233-9010. She can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fugate has also set up a Facebook page under No Princess Left Behind.
“You can never go wrong in caring about somebody,” said Fugate.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.