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Gwen Wilkers(left) PatriciBoyd display samples dresses Wilkerswill donate 10 high school students from Gary East Chicago who cannot afford buy

Gwen Wilkerson (left) and Patricia Boyd display samples of dresses Wilkerson will donate to 10 high school students from Gary and East Chicago who cannot afford to buy a prom dress. | Supplied photo

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Updated: May 26, 2014 3:49AM



Prom season is underway, meaning high school juniors and seniors are on a quest for the perfect dress, accessories, makeup and hairstyle.

If you remember your prom and are now parents of teenage girls, this event can get pretty pricey — if not for the parents, then definitely for the girls who have to save up for that special night.

However, in some cases the young ladies cannot afford a prom dress ensemble, hair and makeup. Former clothing boutique owner Gwen Wilkerson will take some of the financial weight off of 10 selected Gary and East Chicago female high school students by donating prom dresses left from her boutique.

Wilkerson is the former owner of This is Your Day by G & A in Merrillville. Wilkerson said she will donate 10 dresses.

“I’ve also partnered with Pat Boyd, who is the owner of Shear Creations Beauty Salon and Spa in Gary, and she has agreed to do hair, makeup and manicures for the selected group of ladies,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson said she has contacted school counselors and social workers in Gary and East Chicago school systems to assist in choosing those who do not have the means to buy a prom dress and necessities.

“The social workers and counselors will work with me in finding 10 students who will be given the Cinderella experience,” Wilkerson said.

Boyd, who has owned Shear Creations for 20 years, said her partnership with Wilkerson for this prom project evolved from working with her over the years.

“Gwen is a former client of my shop and I’ve helped her out whenever she held fashion shows in Northwest Indiana and other events,” Boyd said. “We both wanted to do something in the community that would allow us to use our skills in fashion, hair and makeup. What better way to make a contribution to the community than to give back to young students in need?”

Wilkerson and Boyd said they cannot wait for the social workers and counselors to have a list of the girls who will receive the royal treatment on the day of the prom.

“We are pretty excited about this. It just feels good to give back,” Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson promises to contact me about the prom makeover dates for a follow-up column.



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