In 1999, Barbara Bates founded the Barbara Bates Foundation. Initially, the goal of the Foundation was to recognize inner-city high school students who excel despite difficult circumstances by donating prom dresses and formal wear. Today, the Foundation's mission has grown to include education and awareness of Breast Cancer.

Read more about the Foundation, below, or visit the Foundation website to find out more about current events and how you can support the Foundation's important mission.

The Barbara Bates Foundation is committed to serving economically disadvantaged High School Seniors for prom attire.  In addition, we are philanthropic toward the education and awareness of Breast Cancer.

The Barbara Bates Foundation, which was founded In 1999, strives to uplift the spirits and attitudes of Chicago’s disadvantaged inner-city youth living in poverty. Since its inception, the Foundation has discovered that the donation of a designer gown or tuxedo can go a long way in encouraging teens to want to “really be somebody” and set goals for themselves. The Foundation seeks to empower underprivileged teens to rise above their circumstances and become successful individuals in their chosen field of study. Upon graduation, 80 percent of the Foundation’s participants go on to further their education at two- and four-year college institutions.

In 2012, the Foundation also began to focus on Breast Cancer awareness and education through its annual “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” event held in October.

Visit the Foundation website to find out more about these events.