Gowns for Prom 2017 Official Press Release
“Gowns For Prom” In Need of Dresses, Shoes, Volunteers
Kenmore, NY (February 24, 2017)—The 12 th annual “Gowns For Prom” program, sponsored
by Colvin Cleaners and presented by Allstate, is seeking donations of new or gently used
formal gowns, shoes and accessories of any size. These items are cleaned by Colvin Cleaners
and provided free of charge to young ladies in area high schools who are unable to afford a prom
gown. The collection runs from February 27-March 31 at the drop-off locations, including
several local Allstate agencies. Donation sites are listed at the end of this release.
The donated gowns are sorted by size and transported to Shea’s Performing Arts Center for
selection on April 4, 5 and 6 from 3-8:00 p.m. Colvin Cleaners will have thousands of donated
gowns so new gowns will be on stage each day. The high school students select a gown and then
are fitted by professional seamstresses. The gown is then altered, dry cleaned, packaged and
delivered for free to the young ladies’ school in time for the prom.
“We are so grateful for everyone who has donated gowns over the years because the smiles on
the faces of thousands of high school students, who otherwise could not have afforded a prom
gown, is priceless,” says Paul Billoni, Owner and President of Colvin Cleaners.
Volunteers, aged 18 and over, unless accompanied by a parent, are needed at Shea’s in the
distribution and restocking of gowns and monitoring of the dressing rooms. Seamstresses and
tailors to assist at Shea’s with alterations of the gowns, are also needed. For more information, or
if you know of a young lady in need of a prom gown, visit www.gownsforprom.com. Gowns for
Prom is a 501c3 under the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and WNY, Inc.
Supporting Sponsors are: Reeds Jenss and Delta Sonic Car Wash.
Business Friend Sponsors are: Colvin Draperies, Casullo’s Automotive, EMS Group, HUNT Real Estate ERA, M&T Bank, Safelite AutoGlass, SuedeMaster, Tschopps Dry Cleaning and Laundry Supply, Tuxedo Junction, Vanner Insurance Agency, Watson’s Chocolates, West Herr Automotive Group.
About Colvin Cleaners: An 86 years young company, Colvin Cleaners was founded by Phil Billoni. His
brothers, Tony and Santo worked in the business for over 50 years and Tony’s son, Paul, has worked there for 40 years. His son Christopher is Vice President and the third generation member of the family business.
About Allstate: The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate ® .” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities.
PRESENTING AND SUPPORTING SPONSOR LOCATIONS COLLECTING GOWNS:
Colvin Cleaners; 2375 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217.
Shea’s Performing Arts Center
646 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14202 (The Ticket Office)
Allstate locations collecting Gowns for Prom Donations include:
1500 Union Road Suite 201, West Seneca, NY 14224 | www.allstate.com/gregghorwitz
17 Main Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150 | www.allstate.com/davidbielski
982 Maple Road, Williamsville, NY 14221 | www.allstate.com/kbutterson
3725 Walden Ave., Lancaster, NY 14086 | www.allstate.com/charliesnyder
2151 Transit Road Suite B, Elma, NY 14059 | www.allstate.com/nikkigawron
2304 George Urban Blvd., Depew, NY 14043 | www.allstate.com/suzannelemke
5385 Maine Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 | www.allstate.com/maureenbitar
601 Division Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120 | www.allstate.com/dandrzejewski
5758 Big Tree Road #20A, Orchard Park, NY 14127 | www.allstate.com/stevebaldo
3493 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217 | www.allstate.com/tomfinn
5750a South Transit Road, Lockport, NY 14094 | www.allstate.com/davidtuttle
3346 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park, NY 14127 | www.allstate.com/bripellino
2126 Niagara Falls Blvd., Tonawanda, NY 14150 | www.allstate.com/michaelcdearing
442 Evans Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 | www.allstate.com/bripellino2
2746 Eggert Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150 | www.allstate.com/alexc
68 Main Street, Akron, NY 14001 | www.allstate.com/hermclouse
6040 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville, NY 14221 | www.allstate.com/hermclouse
6814 Main Street, Willaimsville, NY 14221 | www.allstate.com/johnizzo2
4976 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043 | www.allstate.com/jasongraves
4184 Seneca Street Suite 106, West Seneca, NY 14224 | www.allstate.com/edward.bartel
3720 South Park Avenue, Blasdell, NY 14219 | www.allstate.com/kzielinski
14 North Buffalo Street, Springville, NY 14141 | www.allstate.com/akrolikowski
209 Main Street, East Aurora, NY 14052 | www.allstate.com/clareaccurso
1550 Abbott Road, Lackawanna, NY 14218 | www.allstate.com/moktarjuran
2201 Kensington Ave., Amherst, NY 14226 | www.allstate.com/jasongraves1
Delta Sonic Car Wash Convenient Store locations collecting Gowns for Prom Donations
2285 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
1262 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14209
2590 Delaware Ave., Buffalo NY 14216
4973 Transit Road, Williamsville, NY 14221
7920 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls, NY 14304
1355 Niagara Falls Blvd., Amherst, NY 14226
3205 Orchard Park Road, Orchard Park, NY 14127
Reeds Jenss locations collecting Gowns for Prom Donations include:
Amherst | 4001 Maple Rd. Amherst, NY 14226
Niagara Falls | 1401 Military Road Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Orchard Park | 3515 Abbott Road Orchard Park, NY 14127