March 16, 2017
Every spring, teenagers dream about attending their high school proms and all the excitement that goes with it. And now, hundreds of Central Texas teens in foster care will be able to enjoy that same once-in-a-lifetime experience thanks to the Prom Rack and sponsors including Moonshine Sweet Tea.
The Prom Rack is a non-profit effort started 13 years ago by Gig Edwards Bryant, who, as a teenager, aged out of the Texas foster care system. It began with a small collection of prom dresses given to teen girls who would have otherwise been unable to buy their own dresses and accessories. Since then thousands of girls and hundreds of boys have been outfitted with everything needed to attend their high school prom. Every year evening gowns, cocktail dresses, shoes, undergarments, makeup items, purses, and jewelry are collected to be given to deserving girls. Teen boys receive rented tuxedos and, more importantly, time with a mentor to teach them about job skills and etiquette.
“For most teenagers in high school, attending prom is the highlight of the school year, “said Remmy Castillo, Moonshine Sweet Tea CEO. “Our company is proud to make that the same exciting prom experience a reality for Central Texas teens who are living in foster care.”
Prom Rack works with staff members from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to outfit teens from a 30-county area to be ready for prom. Hundreds of volunteers sort donated items and get them ready for the big distribution day, which will take place Saturday, March 25 at the Round Rock High School Field House. This is the first year a Mobile Boutique has traveled out into the community to collect donated items. Cash donations are also welcome, too, and can be made at the Prom Rack Facebook page.