Thanks to the kindness of several local people, a young man’s prom dreams recently came true.
Prince Charming, an organization founded in 2018, helps young men fulfill their dreams of going to prom by collaborating with high schools in Jefferson County to reward a recipient.
“A prom closet provides free prom attire to young ladies, offering new and gently used prom dresses and accessories, but what about the young men?” a news release said.
According to LaKita Cato, founder of Prince Charming, “you rarely hear about any prom closets for boys.”
Generous donations and sponsors contribute to a high school senior’s prom experience at no cost to the student.
“My 2019 Prince Charming recipient was Sherman Hill, Jr.,” Cato said. “His dreams of going to prom came true.”
Jefferson County Tax Collector Tony Washington and his wife Mae Washington provided his tuxedo. Shirley Holman of Sugar Town Riders Motorcycle Club-Pine Bluff delivered a 2019 Cadillac XT5 for prom night.
David Allen of Elite Cutz donated a free haircut, and Maria Ross of Emro Video contributed the boutonniere.
Jefferson County Sherriff Lafayette Woods Jr. purchased the prom ticket.
“His mom was very grateful when I called her to tell her the foundation was taking care of all of her son’s prom expenses,” Cato said.
According to Cato, the giving doesn’t just stop there. Prince Charming will also help Hill transition into college by providing necessities.
“We will give toiletries, pillows, comforters and other items a typical college student will need to help him get started,” Cato said.
Cato said she is thankful to her donors who helped make Hill’s dream a reality. With the back-to-back success, Cato plans to have two recipients next year.
“I am blessed to have sponsors that want to help out these young men,” Cato said. “As the organization grows, I hope to have more sponsors so we are able to help more deserving young men.”
For more information about Prince Charming, to donate or to become a sponsor, email LaKita Cato at firstname.lastname@example.org