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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.


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