Call it style with a cause. Prom Boutique, a hip long island charity, is in full collection mode. The program, which started almost 20 years ago, collects gently worn formal wear and donates it to girls on Long Island who cannot easily afford a new prom dress.
“They are thrilled to be giving their dresses new legs,” said Lola Intagliata of Clear Skin Salon. “They enjoyed wearing it at their prom, now they’re looking forward to having another girl have the experience they had.”
Collection sites are located all over the island, including at a West Hempstead salon. The dresses are then gathered and brought to a larger space at the end of April where the girls can shop ’til they drop. Each girl receives a free dress with accessories and on the spot alterations. The charity collects about 3,000 dresses per year.
“They’re allowed to shop for dresses, they find their sizes, it’s all color coordinated,” said Anne Sprotte, Prom Boutique coordinator. “And they go into the fitting room and they come out and their eyes are sparkling, their moms are crying.”
Donors are happy to make those moments possible. They say have no reservations about letting go of their fine threads.
“I got such great use out of the dress when I got to use it myself and I know what the dress meant to me,” one donor said. “I hope someone would get the same enjoyment out of it.”
You can donate your formal wear before April 22.
(by Ashley Mastronardi – original source here)