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"Mock Prom" benefits local charities

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – San Diego area students say it's a party with a purpose; donating items for people in need to network ideas for prom.

Hundreds of high school students got together for a mock prom at Liberty Station to benefit local charities.

SOS Entertainment hosted “Mock Prom” for its Global Impact Associated Student Body on Wednesday at the McMillin Event Center in Liberty Station.

The event was free but to get in the door students had to bring a canned good for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, gently used clothes for the San Diego Rescue Mission or a prom dress for Princess Project.

“I just had a bunch of canned food in my pantry,” said Kyle Leach, San Marcos High School Senior.

The mock prom helped ASB students network prom ideas for their school such as making your own music video, laser tag, and what to put on the dance floor. 

The event is also to help raise awareness about local charities with the company's Global Impact group.

“We are spreading the awareness about global impact because we want to continue to host these types of events as long as you are willing to contribute to the beneficiaries,” said SOS President, Derek Sage.

Global Impact is made up of a dozen ASB students from high schools all the way up to Murrieta down to Chula Vista that raises awareness about local charities.

“It's an easy way to give back to the community,” said Ramona High School Senior, Lorena Sanchez.

The group donates to non-profit organizations such as Princess Project who gives free prom dresses to young girls who can't afford one.

“We need prom dresses. We give away over a thousand prom dresses each season,” said Jennifer Gaston, Princess Project San Diego Chairperson. “It's not just about giving away that prom dress. It's about getting her to that kind of next step and pulling those shoulders back and feeling beautiful in the skin that she is in."

The pre-planning for the prom Wednesday night will be able to help those young girls have the prom they dreamed of having in high school.

“It's an amazing experience to help others and be involved, representing our school and helping everyone out,” said Angel Ianni, Rancho Buena Vista High School Senior.
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