"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead."

— Nelson Mandela


Take a chance, change a life.

Proms have become a rite of passage for so many of our students located in DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Once Upon a Gown has teamed up with SEAC, Inc. to minimize the clothing costs often associated with attending a prom.  Once Upon a Gown is an annual one-stop shop event whose purpose is to provide students who may not have financial means access to gently used prom gowns, shoes, suits, tuxedos, and/or accessories. Through this project, DC. Maryland, and Virginia communities have the opportunity to support these students by donating or seeking donations of gently used formal attire and accessories. 



Once Upon a Gown is looking for volunteers for our annual dress drive! If interested in volunteering on event day or in preparation of event, please send an email or call us. 

EVENT photos

Check out some highlights from our 1st and 2nd Annual PG Prom Project events!


In effort to promote awareness of events, donation opportunities, news and other efforts within the community, we created a space to promote other organizations. Want to be featured? Contact us!


Ways to Support

Join us in making a difference!

Support the cause by donating gently worn gowns, suits, and accessories to any of our donation locations listed in the link below. Once Upon a Gown is also collecting monetary donations year round to help fund our annual prom dress drive. If you have any questions please reach out! 


Community Announcements

Here's what's happening in our community!

Giving back to our peers is the foundation of success. Once Upon a Gown understands the value in promoting other causes and organizations, to get the word out on news and current events in the area. If you would like to be featured on our community website, please contact us!





Interested in Collaborating?

Feel free to reach out to us!

We're always looking for ways to grow our community and give back wherever needed. If you are interested in working with us, sponsorship, becoming a vendor at our annual event, please connect with Alesha Wilson through the link below!