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Gowns for Prom distributes record number of dresses

877 gowns were selected

April 15, 2018 - 4:52 am

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - The annual “Gowns For Prom” program distributed a record 877 gowns to high school students from throughout Western New York during distribution over three days this week at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.  The young ladies selected from thousands of new and gently used gowns and were escorted by volunteers to three floors of dressing rooms to be fitted by professional seamstresses.  The selected gown was then altered, dry cleaned, packaged and delivered for free to the young ladies’ school in time for the prom.

“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of Western New Yorkers who donated so many wonderful gowns.  It gave these young ladies so many to choose from and to see them so excited when they found the perfect gown makes it all worthwhile for all of us,” said Cyndee Billoni, who founded the program with her husband, Paul, the President and CEO of Colvin Cleaners.   “We are also so appreciative of more than 125 volunteers over the three days, including all of the seamstresses, who made this work so well for everyone.”

For the 10th year the young ladies also could select free hand made jewelry, created and donated by Marlena Gagner, owner of Meraki Jewelry Design.

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