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Crowned with Care: Recap of Priceless Gown Project 2017

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These past weekends have been filled with many wonderful events. One of them being the Priceless Gown Project in Baltimore. I was blessed to volunteer at the event and am happy to share my experience with you.

First off, let me start off by saying that Baltimore is beautiful!  As I arrived at the Marriott hotel, I was greeted by vibrant pink & black attired women. Each had a smile on her face. These were also volunteers for the event. As we all gathered in the volunteer space, we were encouraged to promote self-awareness and assure each girl that she was beautiful. Leslie Collier, the organization’s director hoped that we had comfortable shoes on because the event required a lot of movement.

 

Gowns were beautifully displayed on the racks and shoes & accessories were laid out. We were able to check out the dresses and get familiar with the styles.

As we all conversed, we reminisced of our own prom experiences and high school stories. Us personal shoppers were tasked with getting to know the girls and finding a style that suited their body types and personalities.

The ballroom filled up with girls and their families as they were empowered by speakers, pageant titleholders, and artists. It was rewarding to see the smiles and hear laughter from girls who struggled with insecurities.

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Baltimore’s own Star!

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The 92q crew keeping the crowd live.

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Live, Laugh, Celebrate!

So many people came together to participate in and celebrate this event.

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These girls and gowns were exceptional!

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The men in black!

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Miss Exquisite shined even brighter than the gown she modeled.

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The royal walk.

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Miss Anne Arundel County Teen was a sweetheart!

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Miss Maryland and Miss Baltimore gave good profiles as we posed!

While participating, I recalled my own prom experience. A lady named Ms. Peggy, whom I had met on the transit bus, was like a mother to me. She always asked how school was going and would remind me of important dates coming up for school applications. I would try to sit next to her whenever I boarded the bus. One day, when I saw her she told me that her daughter (who was also a senior) had tried on some dresses at David’s Bridal. There was a dress on clearance that she liked and it was also in a smaller size. She thought I’d be able to fit it. I was so excited and told my parents about it. They talked to Ms. Peggy and agreed to meet up so that I could try the dress on. To my surprise, the dress had fit perfectly! I told Ms. Peggy that the day was my birthday and she paid for the dress. I will never forget that day and the circumstances that lead up to that point.

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Royalty came in all shapes and sizes! People came together far and wide to adorn young women with gowns, shoe, accessories, and confidence. These girls left with gowns, accessories, and confidence. Check out more info about the Priceless Gown Project here! God bless.

Author: Shantel G.

there once was a little girl. who dreamed of impacting the world. but she didn't think she was brave enough. she thought she wasn't strong enough. didn't think she was even beautiful. one day she cried out to God in desperation. she wanted to feel loved and appreciated. God took her under His wings. changed her mindset and set her free from depression, anxiety, thoughts of suicide, and low self-esteem. she blossomed into a beautiful, courageous, confident woman. her gifts have opened doors and motivated others. her life never was the same. she is still blooming and I am she!

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