Wednedsay, May 5, 2004

Sperry sophomore helps those in need


Owasso reporter

Like most high school sophomores, Tiffany Grant is looking forward to her senior prom, but she's also making sure some less fortunate girls have fancy frocks for their special prom nights.

Two years ago, the 16-year-old Sperry sophomore used her leadership talents to coordinate the "Picture Perfect Prom Dress Project"(Now called Prom Wishes Inc. - ed.) through 4-H and First Baptist Church of Sperry.

The program targets girls at local high schools, homeless shelters, daughters of mothers in preison and foster girsl.

Grant's efforts sent 19 girls to the prom the firs year. This year, she has helped more that 100 girls dress for prom success.

Girls may recive one dress - plus accessories - with the presentaton of a valid high school ID or proff of attending schooling. One additional guest, parent or friend can help them shop, and on-site volunteers can assist in the selection process.

"We provide everything except a date', Grant said.

Grant accepts new and gently used prom dresses, handbags, shoes, jewelry, comestics and gloves.

The recipients are allowed to keep the ensembles, but some are returning them after the prom so that others can benefit from their use.

The donation of services - manicures, hairstyling, drycleaning and alteratons to gift certificates for restaurant dinners and flower gift certificates - are extras that can mean the world to a prom-bound princess.

"The merchants of Owasso have been great," said Tiffany's mother, Cheri Grant. "They've been very supportive and have made many young couples' evenings really special."

The project received a grant from American Idol winner Clay Aiken for National youth service Day on April 17.

It has also received the bronze state Prudential of Communtiy Spirit Award.

If you are in need of a dress call 28-6988 to make an appointment.

To donate dresses, accessories or services, call the Tulsa County 4-H office at 746-3709, or drop off donations at the 4-H office at 4116 E. 15th St. in Tulsa.

"And cash donations are always accepted," said Grant.

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