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Inside Peli Peli Galleria, where the kickoff mixer is taking place.

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Once prom night was over, what did you do with your prom dress? According to a very informal poll of the women in my life, many a prom dress has ended up in a closet somewhere, just hanging out. Sure, there are reasons to hold on to it, I suppose—maybe you have a sentimental attachment to it, maybe you think it’ll be useful for a future Halloween costume—but if your dress is or will be sitting there just because, maybe you would like to donate it to a good cause.

A good cause like helping the teens receiving treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center have a prom night of their own. As you can imagine, undergoing serious medical treatment can get in the way of the things that make being a teen exciting, like school dances. That’s why MD Anderson, the National Association for Catering and Events, the Sunshine Kids Foundation and Peli Peli come together in April to organize a prom for the teens.

Helping the cause is easy: simply drop off a mint condition prom dress at any Peli Peli location—that includes Peli Peli Galleria, Peli Peli Vintage Park, Peli Peli Cinco Ranch, and Peli Peli Kitchen—between April 5-15. If you do so, you’ll get a $10 gift card per donated dress. To celebrate the start of the prom dress drive, they’re holding a kickoff mixer April 5 at their Galleria location from 6-8 p.m.

Peli Peli is taking in the dresses, but they’re not the only restaurant helping out with the prom. In addition to the dancing and general merriment, the prom gives the teens a chance to sample food from some of the best restaurants in the city. Restaurants participating in the 2018 prom, in addition to Peli Peli, include Brennan's of Houston, Taste of Texas, Snooze, Dish Society, Local Table, Antone's Po' Boys, Craft Burger and Cane Rosso.

If you can help out, you should totally do so. Think about all the fun memories you have from your own prom. Here’s a chance to help some teens fighting the good fight to make some fun memories of their own.

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