VERNON — Prom time typically indicates a high value tag for higher trend, but The Cornerstone Foundation is in its seventh year of aiding neighborhood significant college learners with the significant cost.
The annual totally free Promenade Boutique keep is open to all significant school college students on April 29 and 30, at 1C Prospect St., offering carefully made use of and new evening gowns and tuxedos, sneakers, night luggage, jewellery and makeup.
Considerably like a posh boutique, learners can consider on the clothes, and choose property the objects of their choice. Insignificant alterations are also readily available on web page for totally free.
Spokeswoman Alexis Carmichael stated that the foundation commenced this annual function seven several years in the past when learners came to the nonprofit looking for a prom dress. That enable the company know there was a will need to give promenade apparel to the group. The celebration has given that grown, as they have received more than 450 donated prom attire for the boutique this 12 months.
Christine Filanowicz, director of the Apparel Lender and the Promenade Boutique, explained that in the beginning, the clothes financial institution experienced just a several prom dresses hanging on a rack.
“Then it became, ‘well gee, you know, I’m possessing a trouble. Do you have attire?’” she explained a consumer asked about 8 several years in the past.
Filanowicz then made a decision to deliver out notices to the general public, trying to get donations of prom attire and formal eveningwear. The relaxation is history, she stated of the expansion.
It started off as a company for Vernon college students and nearby communities, such as East Hartford, Ellington, Manchester, South Windsor, and Tolland. But in 2018 organizers claimed they served significant faculty pupils from farther absent, which include from Ashford, Rocky Hill, and Putnam.
A single of the factors that stood out for Filanowicz this 12 months was helping one specific girl who was from Hungary and new to this country glance for a promenade gown with her spouse and children.
She acquired her dress and all the extras, Filanowicz said. As she went outdoors keeping her new costume, Filanowicz claimed the female exclaimed “‘Best working day ever!’ How do you not appear at that with joy?” Filanowicz asked.
Filanowicz claimed that only a few of weeks ago, the girl did not have a gown.
“She did not know just about anything about a prom. ‘What’s a promenade? We do not have that in Hungary.’ That was exciting operating with them … looking at (the mothers) appear at their women in their robes at the mirror,” Filanowicz mentioned.
The mom of the female from Hungary “just experienced tears coming down — she was so psyched for her daughter,” she stated.
Cornerstone is a religion-based ministry operate mostly by volunteers that supplies meals, shelter, outfits and outreach services in five structures unfold through downtown Rockville.
With its annual Promenade Boutique, the nonprofit delivers a exceptional assistance for high university learners.
Rockville Superior College Principal Jason Magao reported he considerably values the group partnership that the school has with the boutique.
“The Cornerstone Prom Boutique has provided our students with awesome prospects to attend proms without possessing to issue themselves with the major charges associated in getting a gown from store,” Magao reported. “Our workers and pupils alike assist Cornerstone and we truly recognize what they provide in return to our learners and people. We simply cannot thank them sufficient.”
Deidre Montague covers the cities of Vernon and Stafford.