Community Center Director Karen Dylewski checks out the makeup provided by Erika Goodman Osborn on one Cinderella Project senior before last year's prom.File 2012

Local high school seniors look ahead to spring and graduation, and for some the Prom looms large. Who will ask whom? What will the band play? How can I afford it?

Kiwanis Key Club at Proviso Math and Science Academy will host their second Cinderella Project this year for seniors who could use a little help getting ready for the big night. Kiwanis members and other volunteers are collecting women’s party dresses for this year’s project.

The costs are daunting for some families: corsages, dress, makeup, shoes, hair.

Last year’s drive amassed almost 200 gowns. Sixteen girls selected a dress, which was professionally dry cleaned by Bakoll Cleaners in Constitution Court. Volunteer seamstresses Mary Hogan and Janet Paulin fit the girls and made alterations. On Friday before the May prom, girls had their hair and makeup done, picked up their satin, lace and tulle and swept off to enjoy their senior prom.

There’s also a Prince Charming component this year said Kiwanis President Mary Win Connor.

“We are also collecting men’s dress suits, shirts and ties,” Connor said.

If you have prom-appropriate garments you’d like to donate, bring them to the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson Blvd. by March 23. The high-schoolers will go “dress shopping” on Friday, March 29.

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