The Woman’s Club of Evanston is seeking new and gently worn formal dresses and accessories for its Dreams Delivered Prom Boutique that provides free prom attire to Evanston Township High School senior girls who might not otherwise be able to attend their senior prom due to financial difficulties.
Over the past five years, the project has provided prom dresses to more than 275 ETHS students in need.
This year, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Delta Chi Omega Chapter has graciously donated their time and talent to work with the WCE on the Dreams project.
A longtime supporter of the WCE’s Dreams project, Pivot Point Academy students will once again be assisting the girls with completing their prom look by providing up-dos and make-up pointers.
“We want students to look great and feel confident as they celebrate the end of their high school careers,” says Chava Wu, the WCE’s Dreams project chair.
“Prom should be a fun celebration and we don’t want financial hurdles to prohibit students from being able to participate with their peers. We also recognize that some students may value the ‘green’ nature of the event and the idea of coming to us for a donated dress is appealing to them.”
Ken Davis, owner of Kenny the Kleener, provides free dry cleaning services, cleaning over 500 dresses for the project over the years. “Dreams Delivered is a fantastic program and we are thrilled that our business is able to support it,” Davis says. “We are glad we can help make prom special for these girls.”
The dresses and assessories will be collected from March 24 to April 7 at:
- Evanston Athletic Club, 1723 Benson Ave.
- Women’s Center at Northwestern University, 2000 Sheridan Road.
- Pivot Point Salon, 1560 Sherman Ave.
Additionally BooCoo Cultural Center, 1823 Church St., will collect items on March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m..
Students interested in attending the WCE’s Dreams Prom Boutique, which runs from April 30 to May 2, should contact Pam McPherson, ETHS Students Activities Director, at (847) 424-7949 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. An appointment is required to participate.
This is a terrific program;
This is a terrific program; over 275 students reached in 5 years. I can only hope that my gently used formal wear is cool enough to be chosen to wear to prom ( I doubt it, but I can hope). Even though it might seem frivolous, having the right dress can really make a difference for a young girl. Hats off to WCE for sucessfully pairing resources and needs.
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