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CHICAGO — Prom night is one of the biggest nights in a young woman’s life. It’s a memory she will carry with her forever – once she can figure out what to wear.

And then the question, “How much does it cost?”

The beloved and dreaded prom dress was an obstacle for a group of seniors from North Lawndale. That is until the Edward Touhy Guardian Angel Foundation removed the financial stress tied to that dress.

With the help of fairy godmothers scattered all across Chicago, the foundation’s annual “Senior Promise” provides new and gently used gowns, shoes, jewelry and bags to young ladies who might otherwise not attend the big night.

Chosen participants fill out a formal application with a 200 word essay about why they want to go to college, their dreams for the future and promise, via contract, to graduate from a two or four year institution.

Not only were students pleasantly surprised by the style and scope of dresses they had to choose from, doing the choosing with their peers cementing memories many others won’t ever have.

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