Prom Dress, Suits Giveaway Helps Make Dreams Come True on Saturday

Rachel Souza, 17, from Marshall Fundamental Secondary School gets help from her father David Souza with her prom dress.Brandon Olivas, 17, from Marshall Fundamental Secondary School picks out a suit for his prom.Thomas Macedo, 17, looks for the perfect tie.Paola Gonzales, 18, from PHS, and Catherine Lamb, 19, a volunteer for the Salvation Army, try on prom dresses.Young men from the Pasadena Unified School District look for the perfect suit for their prom.Trinity Alexis Lane, 17, of Los Alamitos High School tries on a prom dress.Thomas Macedo, 17, of Pasadena High School finds the perfect suit for his prom.Ana Gonzales, left, and Socorro Naranjo, both from Families in Transition, help young ladies find their prom dress.Young men from the Pasadena Unified School District look for the perfect suit for their prom.Young ladies from the Pasadena Unified School district look for the perfect prom dress.Alena DeVaughn, 17, from Marshall Fundamental Secondary School, looks for the perfect dress for her prom.Young ladies from the Pasadena Unified School district look for their prom dress.

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

12:32 pm | March 25, 2018


For the tenth year in a row, The Salvation Army and Pasadena Unified School District’s Families in Transition program partnered to give away prom attire to local students in need. This year for the first time, the event also gave away suits, ties and shirts in addition to prom dresses.

The event brought happiness to local students who went a try-on spree last Saturday at the Salvation Army’s Pasadena Tabernacle.

According to a survey by Yahoo!, teens in the western United States spend on average $625 to go to prom. This high price tag for a single night makes prom a dream deferred to many. For a decade, The Salvation Army Pasadena Tabernacle has been making dreams come true for hundreds of deserving young people and the prom giveaway has become one of its signature events.

“Year after year, the Prom Attire Giveaway serves young people in need and brings the local community together,” says Captain Terry Masango of the Pasadena Tabernacle. “We’re proud to work with great partners like the Pasadena Unified School District to provide some joy and excitement to these students.”