PROM IT FORWARD
Prom It Forward Minnesota project is an annual, fully donated and volunteer based fundraiser, where 100% of the proceeds from selling donated formal gowns goes directly to Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center to help those who have been sexually assaulted, abused or trafficked.
Dresses of all colors, styles and sizes are donated to Rapids Alterations and Repair. Girls and women are encouraged to come in, try-on and purchase the dresses at largely discounted prices ranging from $10 -$300. Dresses have been sold for Holly Ball, adult proms, cruises, weddings, as well as prom.
Dresses are accepted throughout the year. There are typically several hundred dresses in stock making PIF one of the largest prom shops in the area.
Sponsoring a dress is also popular for those who want to help. Gift certificates will be created from the monetary donations and given to area high school school counselors and the local Boys & Girls Club and to give to their students to use towards the purchase of their own dream Prom It Forward dress. Levels of advertising opportunities are available to our generous sponsors.
In 2018, Cindy Battleson, the owner of Rapids Alterations and Repair in Sauk Rapids, was struck with the idea of Prom It Forward. Cindy and her staff, as well as various volunteers, spend hundreds of hours collecting, tagging, pricing and taking photos of the dresses collected to spread awareness of the project on Facebook, Instagram. The project is always in need of formal gowns of all kinds, as well as volunteers, willing to spend some valuable time helping this great cause.
In its first years the project has raised $28,155 making it the biggest fundraiser for Central Minnesota Sexual Assault Center to date.
How to Help
1-Donate and/or purchase a dress
2-Volunteer Opportunities: Drop-Off Event, Saturday sales, or during the week taking pictures, organizing, tagging, etc.
3-Sponsor a dress through the sponsorship program
4-Provide coffee and goodies at events
6- Like and share Prom It Forward posts on social media
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