There's still hope for a prom date. This weekend, Westchester County is co-sponsoring the 14th annual Operation Prom Dress and Tuxedo Giveaway at the County Center in White Plains.
County Executive George Latimer said the three-day event gives more students -- who otherwise might not be able to afford it -- a chance to attend prom wearing designer clothing, The dress and tuxedo giveaway runs from Friday, April 27 through Sunday, April 29.
Latimer said: “Going to your senior prom is a rite of passage for high school students, and the occasion should be remembered as a special one for kids across the county. Unfortunately, the cost of prom tickets and formal attire can wind up costing hundreds of dollars. Operation Prom provides thousands of young women and men the chance to have their dream prom in style.”
This is the 14th year that the dress and tuxedo giveaway has been hosted at the County Center, with hundreds of students lining up to try on colorful prom dresses, sparkling shoes and head-to-toe accessories.
For young men, tuxedos will be provided on Saturday, April 28. Department of Social Services Commissioner Kevin McGuire said the County is happy to participate in the giveaway, which helps low-income students attend senior proms across Westchester.
“We are proud to once again partner with Noel D'Allacco, founder & president of Operation PROM, for this event at the Westchester County Center," McGuire said.
Operation Prom was created in 2005 by D’Allacco. The Yonkers native developed the dress collection concept when she discovered many of her friends were storing old bridesmaid dresses, and dresses from other special occasions, after wearing them just one time. D’Allacco said she is thrilled to continue her partnership with Westchester County.
"We truly appreciate the support of the County Executive and Department of Social Services for helping to support our program,” D’Allacco said. “We have been able to send thousands of students to prom, a rite of passage that so many students worry is not within their reach due to financial hardships and personal struggles.”
Latimer also reminded students and parents that dresses, tuxedos and accessories are only part of a great prom experience.
“The most important thing is making sure everyone has a safe prom," Latimer said. "Be smart, make good decisions and have the time of your life.”
For more details about Operation Prom, how to volunteer and how to donate, please visit http://operationprom.org .
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