Pepsi Refresh Grant Gives Prom Tuxes to Deserving Boys

By Suzan Clarke

May 17, 2010 8:01am

This morning you saw Calvin Cannon on “Good Morning America.”

Cannon won a $5,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh project, which is giving away millions of dollars each month to people with great ideas to help others.

Cannon runs a men’s shirt and tuxedo shop in Shelbyville, Tenn.

He received funding for his idea to help needy male high school seniors get an outfit for their prom. He came up with the idea after realizing that there were many such opportunities for girls, but few for boys.

Once word got out about Cannon’s idea   dubbed ‘Clothe the N.A.K.E.D. (Nice and Kind Educated Dude) Prom Date Project,’ he was contacted by numerous high school guidance counselors and other people who wanted to help deserving boys in need of clothing for their school’s big event.

Using the Pepsi grant, Cannon provided 16 boys from 3 schools with tuxedo and shoe rentals, boutonnieres, photos, haircuts, toiletries, and corsages for their dates. He is also using some of the grant money to establish a nonprofit organization to raise funding for future tuxedo scholarships.

Pepsi Refresh grants have also funded projects relating to health, education, the environment, arts and culture, food and shelter and neighborhoods.

To find out how you can apply for a Pepsi Refresh grant, click HERE.

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