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Two local businesses are teaming up for the Princess Project, which will provide prom dresses and accessories to girls in need.

Guild Mortgage is seeking donations to ensure that every high school girl can go to prom feeling like a princess.

For the first time, Guild Mortgage is hosting the Princess Project, which will allow high school girls who can’t afford prom to shop for dresses, shoes and accessories for free. The shopping event will take place from 1-5 p.m. March 8 at The Whistling Dixie boutique at 316 Santa Fe Drive. Girls who want to participate can reserve their spot by texting their name, size and school name to 817-995-1156.

Guild Mortgage Sales Manager Jennifer Morris said the project team has reached out to counselors at schools to spread the word to girls in need. The boutique will be closed to other customers on March 8, and there will be a minimal amount of volunteers at the event to prevent teenage shoppers from feeling overwhelmed or embarrassed.

People who work in schools or have daughters have told Morris that there is a need for the Princess Project, Morris said. No one will be turned away at the Princess Project shopping event, she said.

“For us to be able to give back and give these young ladies an opportunity to go feel like a princess for a day and go to prom and not have to be embarrassed or no one know that they couldn’t go because they didn’t have a dress, it just opens up more opportunity for these young girls to get out there and to be a normal girl and attend the event,” Morris said. “That’s kind of why we called it the Princess Project because we want them to feel like a princess for a day. Every girl deserves that.”

Guild Mortgage Loan Officer Denise Norman suggested the service project when her team was looking for ways to give back. From having a daughter herself, Norman knows that preparing for prom can be expensive when buying a dress, shoes and accessories as well as styling hair and make-up.

“I just know the expense of it and what it costs, but what wonderful memories it makes,” Norman said. “I know that there are girls that don’t have the opportunity to go because of that expense, so we just thought that this would be something great to do, to be able to provide them with that opportunity to go to prom if they might not be able to.”

The community can donate dresses, shoes and accessories for the event at Guild Mortgage, 100 S. Oakridge Suite 150 in Hudson Oaks, or at Funky Munky Shaved Ice, 134 College Park Drive in Weatherford, through March 1. The Princess Project event will also include a drawing for hair or nail styling gift certificates, so gift certificates are also welcome donations. Morris can be reached at 817-598-0259 to take donations as well.

Norman said the community has responded well with donations, with more than 150 dresses donated so far.

The Whistling Dixie will also be donating accessories for the attendees at the Princess Project, boutique owner Rachel Martinez said. Martinez is working on getting a variety of jewelry for the event.

“If we can make somebody’s day by donating earrings, necklaces and bracelets or whatever, then I just feel like Parker County has been really good to us, we need to also give back as well,” Martinez said.

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