A dress in your closet may be a girl's dream
Prom is the event most high school students dream about, it is a milestone that commemorates and celebrates the end of an era. For some families in the Connecticut area it is hard to make that dream a reality.
With over priced dresses and tuxedos, and the high cost of tickets, prom can become too expensive and out of reach. Operation PROM Connecticut was created to remove some of the financial stress surrounding prom by providing free dresses and tuxedos to students in need.
Operation PROM has been gathering donated formal dresses, tuxedo’s and other accessories from the community to give to underprivileged teens for over 12 years.
This year they are partnering with Brandywine Senior Living, an assisted living provider in the Litchfield community. Both organizations have joined together in an effort to give students the best possible prom experience.
This is Brandywine Senior Living’s first year working with Operation PROM; they will be hosting the drive that runs from Sunday, February 21st to Saturday March, 19th.
Felicia Saraceno, Director of Community Relations at Brandywine says the center is “dedicated to providing services to the greater Litchfield area and our community; giving back to Operation PROM is something that we are proud to do and we hope to continue these efforts each year.”
Felicia expressed Brandywine's strong interest and passion in helping the community, “we are looking forward to a fantastic event.”
After receiving all donations, Brandywine will send them over to Operation PROM, where they will dry-clean and prepare everything to be “prom ready.” The dresses and tuxedos donated will be used for two giveaway events this April.
The first giveaway event will be held in Bridgeport’s City Hall on Sunday, April 3rd from 11am to 3pm.
The second event will be held in Hartford’s City Hall on Sunday, April 10th from 11am to 3pm.
Students that wish to attend the free giveaway events will need to fill out an application and register at OperationProm.org in order to receive a dress or tuxedo. The students will need to prove their financial need and choose which giveaway site best suites their location. Participants will go to the giveaway event and pick their favorite outfit along with accessories from a widevariety of options.
Operation PROM has helped to send thousands of students across the U.S. to prom. Aside from the prom dress giveaways, they strive to provide other resources, services and opportunities to families in financial need and to those who may be homeless, sick or disabled.
Brandywine Senior Living will be accepting donations from Sunday Feb 21st to Saturday March 19th. Donators may stop by any day of the week from 9am to 5pm. Dresses may be long or short; bridesmaids, prom, evening, cocktail and other formal dresses are accepted. Items may be no more than 3 years old, and damage free.
For any questions please contact Felicia Saraceno at (860) 567-9500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Brandywine Senior Living
19 Constitution Way
Litchfield CT 0657