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Prom night for youth in foster care

Prom night for youth in foster care
Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 5:53pm

Young adults in foster care had their very own prom Saturday evening at the Glass Recreation Center in Tyler. It's the annual "Pal Prom 2014". We're told this project allows teens who share similar experiences to meet and have fun together.

Prom is what many young adults look forward to and some are unable to have the glitz and glam. Well East Texans made their dream come true by donating just what they need; dresses, shoes and jewelry.

Before the big event at 5 p.m. the young girls got to pick up a dress, shoes and jewelry at Shiloh Road Church of Christ. The young boys also had their time to get ready and were treated to bowling. As the girls were picking out their prom attire they were far from being picky, they tell us they're just thankful.

Star College of Cosmetology in Tyler gave the girls a full beauty experience.  "I feel good because I'm getting all these people doing my hair, nails and makeup... I feel like royalty," said Lauren Bowles, prom attendee.

"You know they come in here beautiful and they leave gorgeous, knowing that you're part of it, just makes your day so much better," said Holly Armstrong.

After the girls got pampered and boys got groomed, they got to ride in style to the Glass Recreation Center in Tyler where prom is held.

We spoke to the Regional Pal Coordinator Collette Stec about the special prom project. "We focus on our CPS Child Protective Services youth foster care." Stec adds, "This is a milestone for our youth, they're celebrating their prom, they're celebrating becoming that young adult."

If you would like to learn more about PAL Program (Preparation for Adult Living) with the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, click the link:

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