Belle of the Ball is collecting old prom dresses for students in need

Belle of the Ball is collecting old prom dresses for students in need


Throughout her junior calendar year of substantial university, Aahkeilah Rogers was invited to prom by her most effective close friend. There was just a single challenge — she didn’t have a dress.

“I honestly don’t think I would have long gone,” reported Rogers. “I experienced no strategy about how to discover a dress.”

Belle of the Ball is collecting old prom dresses for students in need
A university student searches for a dress with her personalized shopper at Belle of the Ball in 2019.—Caring Parners/Belle of the Ball

Enter Belle of the Ball. The party is a annually prom dress push operate by Caring Partners which collects, cleans, and redistributes prom dresses, shoes, and accessories to large school juniors and seniors in need. For her junior promenade in 2015, Rogers attended the celebration and was outfitted with a “beautiful Cinderella dress.”

Today, she volunteers with the plan as a own shopper. “It’s about a costume, but it’s also much more about the relationship you get with an individual,” she claimed. “Whether it’s your own shopper, somebody serving to you decide out sneakers, obtaining your gown or jewelry, an individual altering your gown, all of that is an knowledge.” 

Belle of the Ball will hold its 16th annual celebration, known as Boutique Working day, at the Hynes Conference Heart on April 4. In advance of the big working day, organizers are trying to get gently worn promenade dresses that can be donated to any Anton’s Cleaners, Company Financial institution, and Jordan’s Home furniture locale by way of March 30. This 12 months, up to 1,200 pupils will take part in the referral-only celebration.

Belle of the Ball is collecting old prom dresses for students in need
Belle of the Ball 2019—Caring Companions/Belle of the Ball

No matter whether or not you can go to prom can a breaking place, according to Lawrence High Faculty senior advisor Julia O’Donnell. “To have an option like this…‘Oh, I can go to the prom now. I can pay back for my promenade ticket, and I don’t have to stress about the gown,’” she said. “The stories of some of the young ones is awesome.” O’Donnell coordinates buses to shuttle her pupils to and from Boutique Day. 

Upon arrival, every single student will be paired with a volunteer personalized shopper. The intention is to come across a gown, sneakers, jewellery, and a handbag, and wander a purple carpet just before taking the outfit property.

Laticia Tolentino and her twin sister have volunteered for the earlier 14 decades, and frequently do the job with college students who may need to have a custom made suit or encounter a language barrier.

“These younger gals, you know, battle by way of seeking to come across just the ideal robe that suits them, that performs for them, that tends to make them joyful, and then [they] walk out with it and you are emotion like ‘oh my god, this is the finest working day,’” Tolentino said. “I wander absent each and every 12 months knowing I have cried at least a couple tears.”

Did you go to your prom? Deliver us your promenade photograph and your identify at madelaine.millar@boston.com and we may perhaps characteristic it in an approaching Boston.com tale.

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