MARY ESTHER — More than 900 prom dresses have been collected and moved into a space in the Santa Rosa Mall. They are waiting to be chosen by deserving teenagers from across the region.

For the past 14 years, Fort Walton Beach radio station Z96 (WZNS-FM) has provided free prom dresses. Dresses are given to students whose families may not have the financial means to purchase a dress for prom.

A special “prom dress premiere” will be held from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, March 16 by appointment. However girls who aren’t able to visit the Santa Rosa Mall that day may make an appointment to pick out a free dress at a later date (but prior to their high school’s prom).

Girls are encouraged to contact the radio station or their high school guidance counselor for a referral.

Donations of new or almost new and in-style dresses sizes 12 and larger are currently being accepted. Donations can be dropped off during business hours at the Santa Rosa Mall Office or at Z96 Radio, 225 Hollywood Blvd. N.W.

Typically about 120 teenagers receive a dress through the campaign each year. Although a large number of dresses will be available, there is no guarantee that every girl will find a dress in her size or style. Dixie Service Cleaners will provide dry cleaning services if necessary for any dress at a great discount.

For more information, call Z96 at (850) 243-7676 during business hours.