Discounted prom gear to help foundation

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Add one more prom gown event to the calendar. But unlike the giveaways sponsored by Allegheny County's Project Prom (March 24-26 at the SOURCE Shop, Century III Mall) and Becca's Closet (April 18, Winchester Thurston School), this one is selling dresses and accessories at steep discounts for the benefit of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Pittsburgh's Finest Prom Closet will hold its event April 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. and April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the SouthSide Works, in the vacant storefront that was Ann Taylor Loft on 27th Street.

Gretchen Harnick, chair of the fashion and retail management program at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, has recruited the school's art students to donate their own high-fashion prom gowns for the cause and to volunteer as personal shoppers.

Dresses are also being donated by Harper's Bazaar Bridal Boutique in Monroeville and Hiptique in Shadyside. Ms. Harnick hopes to have 100 gowns available for $20 to $50 for prom-going high school students.

The event will include an auction for additional services, such as hair styling, makeup application, nails and alterations. In addition, gift certificates have been donated by Cheesecake Factory, Tusca, Jupe Boutique and Chick Boutique, Downtown, plus tickets from Club DV8 and baskets from American Eagle and Giant Eagle.

Donations of gently worn dresses, shoes, bags, jewelry and other accessories will be accepted through April 14 at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, 420 Blvd. of the Allies, Downtown. For information, call 412-291-5132.

Sally Kalson can be reached at or 412-263-1610.


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