Dress Shopping Day set for Special Needs Prom

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The Children’s Policy Council of Etowah County is preparing for its second special needs prom, and that includes establishing a “dress shop” for prom-going girls.

A Night for Our Stars Special Needs Prom is April 1. The event is free for any special-needs students, age 13 and up and their families.

Emma Hazlewood is an executive board member of the Children’s Policy Council of Etowah County and founder of the upcoming event. In addition to the prom, she’s planning to help dress the attendees by making free prom dresses available to attendees.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. March 5, the CPC will open the Family Success Center at 821 E. Broad Street Gadsden, and for the second year, the center will be set up like a formal dress shop, allowing attendees to come and try out dresses and take one home for the prom, according to Hazlewood.

She said she is still taking in donations of dresses and has a real needs now for plus size dresses.

The council needs to borrow some dress racks so they can put the dresses on display for the shop.

Hazlewood said she understands that the parents of children with special needs may have unique medical needs and expenses. She said she wants to offer this day for those families in order to help with dresses so their daughters/sisters/etc. all look like “the princesses they are.”

A Night For Our Stars Special Needs Prom will be April 1 at Gadsden Convention Hall. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the prom is from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For tickets or more information about Dress Shopping Day, please contact Emma Hazlewood at the Family Success Center at 256-547-6888 ext. 107. Check out their website www.anightforourstars.com or on Facebook www.facebook.com/anightforourstars.

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