Darien Depot holds prom dress drive

19/gen/2017 03:18:35 Morilee Contatta l'autore

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Love it, hate it or skipped it, prom is considered by many to be a quintessential high school experience. However, the price tag that goes with it may deter many girls from being able to attend their school’s dance, which is why the Darien Depot held a drive to collect prom cheap prom dresses and accessories for girls in foster care.

“It’s a fun thing,” said Janice Marzano, the depot program director. “It’s cool seeing everyone coming with dresses and shoes. There’s something different about prom dresses.”

Marzano also said working the drive allows the girls to see what goes on behind-the-scenes in collections like this.

“You don’t just bring [the dresses] someplace and take a tax receipt,” she added.

The drive, held on Jan. 14, collected dresses and new makeup for the Connecticut Alliance of Foster and Adoptive Familiesfor its “Avenue of Dreams” event where foster or adopted daughters get to pick out a prom dress and accessories to go with it. The dresses themselves ranged in style and color, from a funky black and pink cocktail dress to a sparkly pink, Barbie-inspired gown.

The drive was run by several Darien High School girls who are also members of the Depot. This year, the older girls are preparing to pass the drive down to a younger generation to take over next year.

“[Prom] is such a fun thing where girls get to come together and I want everyone to have that opportunity,” said 17-year-old Natalie Wiottstock, a junior at Darien High School who is taking over the drive next year. “If these girls don’t have that opportunity, this lets them do that.”

This is the Depot’s third year doing the drive. Last year, they collected 27 gowns, most valued at a minimum of $100. Going forward, the girls hope to collect prom jewelry and hair products, as well as advertise the drive more through social media. They would also like to begin setting up more racks to categorize the dresses by style or occasion.

“Usually cheap prom dresses uk are used once or twice,” said Annabel Hartigan, another Darien junior looking to take over the drive. “It’s nice to see them valued.”


“We’re so excited to go to prom this year,” the 16-year-old added. “We want to make sure other people have the same fun experience.”

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