2015-04-02 / Around Town

Prom Dress Giveaway Hopes for 'Groovy' Results

By Hannah Bishop

Sometimes the best part of attending a formal event is picking out the perfect dress. But many girls in Rhode Island may not be able to have that experience. That is why Child & Family has teamed up with the Groovy Girls program, a part of Adoption Rhode Island, to host a prom dress giveaway. Groovy Girls provides girls with opportunities and activities for fun, success, and personal growth. Art shows, silent auctions, and the prom dress drive are among its most popular events.

This year’s prom dress giveaway will be Saturday, April 11, at Salve Regina University's Young Building with the help of student volunteers and staff from Child & Family. This is the program’s third year providing girls in need with their dream dresses. About 120 dresses were distributed last year.

The drive was started when a student at Salve Regina was interning with Child & Family. For a school project, she set up the drive with help from Groovy Girls. It is now also under the direction of the Administration of Justice Club at Salve Regina, under Dr. Robin Hoffman. The program has expanded over the last couple of years and two locations may be in the works for 2016.

News and information about the drive is spread through flyers, emails, and social media blasts by Child & Family. Requests for donations are announced through social media. Because Child & Family also has offices in Providence, they hope to attract girls from all over the state to attend.

Samantha DeLuca, a senior at Salve Regina, is helping to organize the event and says that it is similar to the popular wedding dress show “Say Yes to the Dress” on TLC. Volunteers help the girls by asking what they like, identifying their personal style, and helping to narrow down their choices to find the perfect dress for prom or a formal. DeLuca says, “It’s a hectic and busy day running around trying to find the perfect dress for each girl who walks through the door, but it is the most rewarding experience.”

Collaboration between Child & Family and Salve Regina has brought this event full circle by incorporating the community’s help in making prom night special for these young girls. Holly Damm, the development and marketing manager at Child & Family, says the event brings success to the young girls and to the community as well. Damm says, “It’s a wonderful way to watch how a community comes together to support these young ladies and takes responsibility for its own members and provides them with a night of hope and enchantment.”

To Go:

Whe re: Young Building
518 Bellevue Ave.
Whe n: April 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
What: Formal dresses, shoes,
and accessories

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