The Princess Project: Serving Young Women in Need


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Sophia Giuliano '16, Writer

The Princess Project is a non-profit organization that promotes individual beauty and self-confidence. It was founded in San Francisco Bay Area in 2002 when a girl was in need of a prom dress. The founders, Laney Whitcanack and Kristi Smith Knutson, responded to the girl’s request and reached out to friends and family to participate in the dress drive. After a few days, countless women from all over the Bay Area wanted to help support the cause and offered donations. The organization’s goal became to help empower girls from lower-income families by providing them with free prom dresses and accessories. Since then, over 20,000 girls have received dresses through the Princess Project.

Juniors Sophia Garbarino and Sarah Seltsam have brought the Princess Project to Marin Catholic! The co-chairs are responsible for collecting dresses from local high schools such as Drake and Redwood, along with getting the word out to our own community, to donate old prom dresses. They then take the dresses to the Princess Project Headquarters in the city, where girls will be able to attend the dress drive.The drive takes place for two weekends in San Francisco. Teens from lower income families throughout Marin and the Bay Area are invited to come and choose a dress and an accessory.

The organization is a very special way to help out a teen girl who dreams of having a magical prom experience. Supporting local teens in our community is extremely important and this organization makes it so easy to do so! Marin Catholic will continue to participate in the Princess Project next year, so don’t forget to donate an old prom dress and fulfill one girl’s dream of a wonderful prom experience!