HIGHLAND PARK (CBSLA.com) — A woman is trying to give underprivileged students at one local high school an unforgettable prom.
Stephanie Perez, the creator of “A Night to Remember,” started the project at Franklin High School three years ago.
“Some of them can’t afford to either go to prom or they can’t afford all of the expenses,” she said.
Perez, who works in the college placement office at the school, saw a need and created the prom program to give hardworking students a chance to be beautiful.
She provides girls with free dresses, accessories, hair and makeup.
“I want them to feel this, ‘I’m going to a salon to get my hair and my makeup done. I want to feel beautiful,’ ” she said.
“Stephanie helps a lot not just obviously with prom. In school, she helps us a lot with college and stuff. So, she’s gotten to know us on a closer level and she knows more of our like family issues,” Yesenia Jaramillo, a student, said.
With donations collected, Perez will be able to send 17 girls to prom this year, even paying for the tickets, which cost $115 per person.
“Some of them have never been to a salon so it’s beautiful for them to see that. That’s, the day of, is what ‘A Night to Remember’ is for,” Perez said.
The prom is scheduled to take place in two weeks.
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