In Boston, hundreds of girls are now sure that they will be able to attend their prom. That’s because they finally have a dress they can wear, and they don’t have to worry about paying for it.
For years now, the organization Belle of the Ball has been working hard to make sure that every girl gets to find the perfect prom dress for free. The tradition started in 2005 and has kept going since. “Every high school girl should have the experience of feeling beautiful, inside and out, at their prom,” Belle of the Ball founder Arthur Anton Jr. said. Belle of the Ball has already helped dress 3,500 girls to the prom since it began.
Every girl gets to find the perfect prom dress.
You can tell that being able to get a prom dress means a lot for girls. “It’s just like a blessing, not every day somebody gets to get makeup, clothes, prom dresses,” Kayla Mercado told the Boston Herald. Kayla was one of the 800 girls who made way to the gym in Simmons College to find the perfect prom dress.
The way it works is that various schools would recommend girls who deserve to find the perfect prom dress but could not afford it. According to Belle of the Ball, the program consists of hosting a little boutique for these girls that would run an entire day. While they are looking for the perfect prom dress, they would also be treated to some “personal shopping and pampering.” In fact, aside from the dress, the girls also got to pick up shoes, jewelry and makeup. Now, that’s what you call prom-ready!
In fact, during the latest prom dress drive, WCVB Boston reported that there were several celebrity stylists who joined the event. These included Tracy Stevens, wife of Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Meanwhile, Mercado herself was assisted by none other Kayla Thomas. She is the wife of Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas.
Belle of the Ball’s programs are made possible with the help of several corporate partners. These included Anton’s Cleaners, Jordan’s Furniture and Enterprise Bank. Meanwhile, to help support Belle of the Ball, watch out for the period they start accepting dress donations on their website.
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