More than 200 girls visited Bobby Orr Public school in Oshawa Wednesday in search of the perfect prom outfit - and thanks to Gowns for Girls, they were not disappointed!
Now in its third successful year, the event provided teen girls attending their prom with a huge selection of dresses, shoes and accessories. They also walked away with gift certificates for hair and make-up from local businesses and swag bags to add to their special evening.
Cst. Joylene MacNeil co-ordinates the annual event and can't believe how much it has grown over the years. "Each year we help more and more girls who may not be able to get everything they would like for prom night," she says. "Members of the community and beyond are so generous and really step up to help year after year." Many prom dresses can cost upwards of $500 and when you add shoes and accessories that number can become unaffordable for many teens. It's expected more than 500 girls will be set for prom when the event wraps up Thursday evening.
Over 1,500 dresses were donated this year, along with 500 pairs of shoes and hundreds of accessories. Sketchely Cleaners donated a huge amount of time by cleaning each dress free of charge. A special cash donation $1,500 from Vancouver arrived from Entertainment Partners Inc., and several local businesses and organizations donated products and services for the girls.
The event continues Thursday at Bobby Orr School in Oshawa beginning at 3:30 p.m
Matching some shoes (JPG file, 160.2K bytes)
Getting Mom's opinion (JPG file, 558.3K bytes)
Checking out a hair demo (JPG file, 427.0K bytes)
Finishing the outfit with some earrings (JPG file, 417.9K bytes)