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Metro Brief: Prom season made affordable with donations to Dresses4Dreams

District of Columbia

On April 6, 2015

Low income teenagers will shine in donated formal wear as prom season kicks off.

Family Matters of Greater Washington hosted its fourth annual Dresses4Dreams Networking Reception last night at the Dirty Martini in downtown Washington, D.C. Presented by Remy Martin and WPGC’s “Sunni and the City,” more than 50 people attended the networking reception, which raised an estimated $685, secured donations of over 50 gently-used and new dresses and suits and received a donation of 500 ties from Suited Lifestyles.

Sponsored by Walgreens, the program will donations to create boutiques and a men’s shop for D.C.-based low-income teenage girls and boys to select free dresses, shoes, accessories, suits, shirts and ties for prom. At the boutique, each girl will also have the opportunity to interact with professional stylists and win a free hair styling, manicure, or make-up application.

The 2015 Dresses4Dreams boutique events will be held on the following dates and at the following locations:

  • April 9, 4-7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr.  Library, located at 901 G Street, N.W.
  • April 15, 4-7 p.m., at Family Matters of Greater Washington, located at 1509 16th Street, N.W.
  • The 2015 Dressing4Dreams-Men’s Shop event will be held on April 22, 4-7 pm, at the Family Matters of Greater Washington.

“Recent studies have shown that young girls spend, on average, $1,139 in costs to attend prom,” said Tonya Jackson Smallwood, president and CEO of Family Matters. “For families living below the poverty level, this can place an undue burden and prevent some young girls from taking part in this important rite of passage. We are committed to helping District girls achieve their dreams of attending prom, regardless of their family’s income.”

Family Matters of Greater Washington is a non-government, nonprofit organization accredited by the Council on Accreditation Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camping Association. Family Matters was founded in 1882 and has been an integral part of the Washington, D.C. community for 130 years.

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