The “9th Annual Abby’s Closet Prom Gown Giveaway” was held on March 16-17, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center. The gowns are given away free to high-school women.
Some information about the Giveaway Event: The only requirement is that the students show a high school ID card. As young women arrive, they are given a numbered ticket and told the appropriate time they will be able to enter the Salon. As they are waiting in line, raffles are held periodically and the winners are given prizes (ex. gift certificates, small gifts, etc.). Once the young women enter the Salon, there are plenty of adult volunteers to help them find the perfect gown. The donated gowns are grouped in “Salons” by size and color. Last year, there were over 7,000 gowns to choose from. After a gown is selected, the guests are able to select an accessory item (ex. purse, wrap, jewelry) and are given some small personal items that have been donated (ex. perfume and make-up samples).
Flyers and further information about the giveaway event are mailed to local high schools in February. Any high school student is invited to attend. For further information, visit the FAQ section of this website.
Over 250 volunteers are needed the weekend of the event. Sign-ups for 2014 will begin in mid-February here on our website. Sign-up to receive our email newsletter to receive notifications about volunteer opportunities and join our Facebook page.