Carly Glasson

The non-profit's founder Carly Glasson collects donations for local teens in need.

Stoneridge Shopping Center is hosting a prom dress donation drive, in partnership with local non-profit Prom Dress Pop Up. Through Jan. 31, shoppers are invited to donate gently used prom dresses, shoes and accessories at Simon Guest Services in the Nordstrom wing. Collected donations will be available for local teens in need at a pop up event in February 2020.

Stoneridge Shopping Center’s partnership with Prom Dress Pop Up stems from the non-profit’s founder, 18-year-old Carly Glasson. Carly was this year’s recipient of the Simon Youth Foundation scholarship, awarded to deserving students within 50 miles of a Simon property. Her commitment to the community inspired Stoneridge Shopping Center to get involved.

“Upon meeting Carly and presenting her with the scholarship, I was amazed to hear of this non-profit she had started,” said Director of Marketing and Business Development at Stoneridge Shopping Center, Michele Osgood. “I immediately knew it was something our shopping center should be a part of. Our shoppers have embraced the idea. We already have more than 15 dresses and counting.”

Prom Dress Pop Up is a family effort. Carly’s mother, Helga, has supported the non-profit since the beginning. With Carly off to college, her younger sister Bella and older sister Riley will take on larger roles to ensure donations keep coming in. “Carly will come home for the holidays and assist with the drive,” said Helga Glasson. “She loves to see the look on someone’s face when they find the perfect dress.”