Kenmore, NY (April 17, 2018)—The 13th annual Colvin Cleaners Gowns For Prom program, sponsored by The Allstate Foundation distributed a record 877 gowns and nearly 1,000 pieces of hand-made jewelry to high school students from throughout Western New York during distribution over three days last week at Shea’s Performing Arts Center. The young ladies selected from several thousand new and gently used gowns and were escorted by volunteers to three floors of dressing rooms to be fitted by professional seamstresses. The selected gown is then altered, dry cleaned, packaged and delivered for free by Colvin Cleaners to the young ladies’ school in time for the prom.
“We were overwhelmed by the generosity of Western New Yorkers who donated so many wonderful gowns. It gave these young ladies so many to choose from and to see them so excited when they found the perfect gown makes it all worthwhile for all of us,” said Cyndee Billoni, who founded the program with her husband, Paul, President and CEO of Colvin Cleaners. “We are also so appreciative of more than 125 volunteers over the three days, including all of the seamstresses, who made this work so well for everyone.”
For the 10th year the young ladies also could select free hand made jewelry, created and donated by Marlena Gagner, owner of Meraki Jewelry Design. Gagner and friends created The Jewelry Box and throughout the year they make necklaces, bracelets and earrings for the young ladies to select once they have found the perfect gown. The young ladies also can select shoes and purses, which are also donated to the program.
“Gowns for Prom is a campaign which hit close to home for me as I had experienced first-hand the stress that trying to afford a new prom gown can place on a family,” Gagner said. “I was inspired to help in any way I could and what a better way to give back to the community than to create jewelry to help acc