Our Team

Paul is President and Owner of Colvin Cleaners. His charitable efforts in the Western New York community, including Gowns for Prom, inspire others to #PayItForward daily.


Cyndee is Lead Program Organizer for Gowns for Prom. She plays an integral role in making sure young ladies in need of the Western New York community get to select the gown of their dreams fro prom.


Gowns for Prom

Colvin Cleaners' annual event that enables students in need to select the prom gown of their dreams.


Colvin Cleaners collects, dry cleans and tailors prom gowns for students in the Western New York community.


Collections for this event go all year long.


Last year, Colvin Cleaners gave away more than 1,000 dresses to students who could not otherwise afford them!

Gowns Are Collected All Year Long

Even though our event takes place in April, Colvin Cleaners collects gowns all year long. We collect gently used gowns, purses and shoes at many locations across WNY.


After gowns are donated, Colvin Cleaners sorts the gowns by size, damage and trends. If any of the gowns are not selected for Gowns for Prom, then they will be donated to Goodwill or theater programs in the Buffalo community.

Selecting Dream Gowns

During our event on Shea's stage, we invite the students to come select the gown of their dreams. Buffalo schools are given specific days to attend. Students from other schools are invited to come any day.


While at our Gowns for Prom selection event, the students select gowns, try them on in the fitting/makeup rooms at Shea's Buffalo, and get fitted by our volunteer tailors. Some alterations can even be made the same day!

Cleaning and Tailoring

Once the students have selected their gowns, Colvin Cleaners takes the gowns back to their dry cleaning facility to be cleaned and altered.


Once the gowns are ready to go, they are then brought to the Buffalo schools before the date of prom. Students from other schools can come to Colvin Cleaners to pick up their dress. 

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