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Colvin Cleaners Along with Allstate Begin the 12th Annual Gowns for Prom Season

Gowns For Prom, 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 high schools throughout WNY who are unable to afford a prom


The collection of gowns runs through March 31 at many drop-off locations.

Customers who use Colvin Cleaners FREE Pick Up & Delivery Service can have

their donations picked up at their home or office. People can also donate at several

local Allstate agencies, Delta Sonic Car Wash convenience stores, Reeds Jenss

stores, the ticket office at Shea's Performing Arts Center and Colvin Cleaners. For

donation addresses visit:

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 go upstairs to the dressing rooms

of the stars where they 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.

“I have been on the stage at Shea’s for the distribution of these gowns and the look

on the faces of these young ladies is precious. They are so appreciative of the

generosity of everyone. This event truly shows why Buffalo is the City of Good

Neighbors,” said a volunteer.

Paul Billoni, Owner and President of the 86 years young family owned Colvin

Cleaners, adds, “Our family taught us at young age the importance of giving back

to help others in our community. Regardless of the economic climate of our

business, we make sure we are doing something to assist those in need. 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.”

Volunteers, aged 18 and over, unless accompanied by a parent, are needed at

Shea’s in the distribution and restocking of gowns and monitoring 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 and click Gowns for Prom. Gowns for

Prom is a 501c3 under the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo and WNY, Inc.

“Having the opportunity for 25 local Western New York Allstate agents to come

together with Colvin Cleaners and help members of our community in such a

meaningful way has been a great experience,” said Kayla Taylor, Allstate New

York spokesperson. “As small business owners, Allstate agents are extremely

passionate about making sure the people in their communities are well taken care

of through all of life’s challenges. We’re thrilled to be a part of this year’s Gowns

for Prom and look forward to helping make this a special and memorable prom for

local teens and their families.”

Allstate, the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting

approximately 16 million households, is the Presenting Sponsor. Supporting

Sponsors are Delta Sonic Car Wash and Reeds Jenss. 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. KISS 98.5 and the Buffalo News are

media presenters.

“All of the sponsorship funds are used 100 percent to promote Gowns for Prom

through a multi-media campaign in March for donations, volunteers and to inform

young ladies on how to obtain a gown if they need one for their prom,” explained

Christopher Billoni, Vice President of Colvin Cleaners and the third generation

Billoni in the business.

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