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Help make prom possible

Posted by Lylah M. Alphonse  April 29, 2010 10:08 AM

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When it comes to prom, the biggest hurdle some kids face isn't necessarily finding the perfect date, it's financing the night. And in this economy, that hurdle is much higher for some kids than it is for others.

City Councilor at Large Ayanna Pressley is trying to make the prom dream a reality for more kids in the Grove Hall area by collecting dresses for the Prom Dress Drive.

Want to help? Here's how you can:


Pressley is pledging to collect 20 dresses by May 3rd (the dress distribution date is May 7). "I know there are plenty of women out there with closets overflowing with dresses that no longer fit, old bridesmaid dresses, and most definitely shoes. So come on ladies, clean out your closets and help make a young woman's prom night dreams come true."

You can drop off your dresses, shoes, purses, and accessories at Councilor Pressley's office at City Hall this week and next week, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are also being accepted at Wainwright Bank (1906 Dorcester Ave., at the Ashmont T stop) Monday through Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday until 5 p.m.,  and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or you can bring them to Star One Dry Cleaners, 491 Blue Hill Ave, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

All donations should be clean and in good condition (really... would you want a dirty dress? Of course not). Please contact Councilor Pressley's aide Jackney Prioly should you have additional questions about the Prom Dress Drive or would like to make a donation at 617-635-4217 or by email at

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4 comments so far...
  1. Anyone aware of anything similar in the metrowest area?

    Posted by Metrowest April 30, 10 10:26 AM
  1. Thank you for taking the time to do is a beautiful and kind gesture.

    Posted by Cici April 30, 10 11:51 AM
  1. What a wonderful idea. How about hairstylists, manicurists donate their services for a good cause such as this.

    Posted by sophie08 April 30, 10 12:02 PM
  1. Good idea.............. how about donating cash.

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    Posted by Tech Help Nerd June 11, 10 01:24 PM
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Lylah M. Alphonse
Lylah M. Alphonse is a member of the Globe Magazine staff and mom and stepmom to five kids. She writes about juggling a full-time career and parenthood at The 36-Hour Day, and about everything else at Write. Edit. Repeat. When she's not glued to the computer or solving a kid-related crisis, she's in the kitchen or, occasionally, asleep.

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