Carolyn Ngo is the recipient of the 2017 “Dreams” scholarship from Abby’s Closet and Brides for a Cause. (Courtesy Abby’s Closet)
Carolyn Ngo is the recipient of the 2017 “Dreams” scholarship from Abby’s Closet and Brides for a Cause. (Courtesy Abby’s Closet)

Portland-based nonprofit Abby’s Closet hosts its 14th annual prom gown give-away Saturday, April 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. High school women will walk away from the free event with a free prom dress.

Abby’s Closet was founded in 2004 by Sally Egland, outreach coordinator at Resurrection Parish in Tualatin, and her daughter, Abby Egland.

This year’s event will feature more than 6,000 prom dresses, sizes 0-26.

All of the dresses have been donated throughout the year by retail shops and individuals from across the country.

Gown accessories will be given to each attendee. High school students must present their student ID or proof of high school registration to enter the event and receive their free dress and accessory.

At the 2017 Prom Gown Giveaway, Abby’s Closet gave more than 2,400 prom dresses to women from more than 200 high schools in Oregon and southwest Washington.

To date, Abby’s Closet has collected more than 35,000 dresses and has given away more than 25,000 gowns.

In conjunction with the event, Abby’s Closet will hold its eighth annual “Dreams” scholarship, honoring a young woman who embodies the organization’s spirit and mission.

The 2017 winner, Carolyn Ngo, chose the first gown of the year.

A Century High School graduate, she received a $2,000 scholarship from Abby’s Closet and Brides for a Cause for her education. The 2018 honoree was to be announced April 6.

Abby’s Closet is accepting new and gently used formal gowns, bridesmaid dresses, wraps and purses. Volunteers are needed to help at the event.

Visit abbyscloset.org to learn more.