Chicago Police Help Girls Find The Perfect Prom Dress

Nancy Harty
April 08, 2018 - 3:37 pm
CPD Prom Help

WBBM Newsradio/Nancy Harty


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago police are helping high school girls find their perfect prom dress. 

Gowns in neon colors, with beading, lace and tulle filled racks in the Ogden Park Field House in Englewood Sunday. Girls work with volunteers acting as personal shoppers and sometimes their mothers to pick out the right dress.

Tonya Burch has helped on Prom with a Purpose for three years. The dresses are free, donated by businesses and volunteers who are organized by the 7th police district.

"It's really exciting to see how the girls come in," she said. "They pick their dresses and they're excited."

One high school senior says she and her mom knew a dark, red gown with beading was the right dress as soon as they saw it.

Marvis came from South Shore with her daughter and calls the event wonderful.

"Graduation expenses are so high, especially trying to go to college and get the stuff for college and everything," she said. "It's a lot. So this is great. It helps a great deal."

Sgt. John Cleggett says this is the ninth year they've held the event that's designed to get teens to see officers outside of their uniforms.

"Maybe in a few years they'll look back on it and come back and tell us thank you in a different way," he said.

When the event started Saturday morning, there was a line at the door and volunteers helped about 80 students find prom attire. There were still plenty of dresses, shoes and jewelry still available Sunday morning.

The girls weren't the only ones to take advantage. One young man says he was surprised to find a tuxedo that fit perfectly.