NC A&T student's initiative helped make prom wishes come true for a dozen Smith High School seniors.


Greensboro, N.C. -- When you add the cost of a new dress, shoes, hair and makeup; the price of prom can get expensive. But thanks to a NC A&T State University Student, a young man and about a dozen young ladies from Ben L. Smith High School are going to prom all decked out, for free!

Anna Phanhpathoun created "The Anna Project" to help students at Smith High School attend prom.

"I wanted to give back to the community and possibly inspire someone in the process," said Anna. "I come from a single parent household and I know what it is like for your mother to work long hours and come home and manage to take care of her family."

Anna's goal was to lighten the load on other single parent households by taking the financial stress of prom off their shoulders.

"I wanted to provide these young high school students a dream dress or tuxedo that comes along with free make up and the opportunity to get their hair styled without having to pay for anything," said Anna.

Anna went around the community and asked businesses to help. In the end she collected over 20 gently used prom dresses, tuxedos, heels, loafers and other necessities for prom.

"We even had the opportunity to sponsor a young man to rent a tux for his prom," said Anna.

Smith High School Senior Ebony Hall told WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain how thankful she is for Anna. "I had a dress, but it wasn't anything amazing. It was black and old. But with Anna's help I'm going to look beautiful on this special day," said a beaming Ebony.

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