For the sixth year in a row, local high school girls will be able to pick out free prom dresses, thanks to the efforts of a Topeka-based organization.

The SilverSparkle Prom Shop will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, in the Shawnee Room of Maner Conference Center, near S.W. 17th and Western on the Kansas Expocentre grounds.

No appointments are necessary and no proof of income is required for girls wishing to attend.

"Prom is a once-in-a-lifetime event and every girl should be able to attend without the prohibitive cost of a dress standing in their way," said Sabrina Womack, a SilverSparkle volunteer program leader. "SilverSparkle aims to lessen that burden, offering gently used dresses at no cost to them.

"Each girl deserves a chance to shine just as bright as their peers. This year, we hope to give girls the same experience they would have at any department store."

The program is sponsored by Silverbackks, a community non-profit organization, which is collecting donations of prom dresses and specialty undergarments in "new or excellent condition" from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through March 17 at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 121 N.E. Gordon.

For more information or to volunteer, visit www.silverbackks.org/silversparkle/