Estelle’s Dressy Dresses, a Premier Destination for Long Island Prom Dresses, Responds to Article Highlighting a Boston Prom Dress Drive

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Following an article in the Charlestown Patch detailing a Boston woman’s efforts to start a prom dress drive, Estelle’s Dressy Dresses issued a statement congratulating the woman on her endeavor to make prom dresses available to everyone.

On February 7, 2013, Estelle Schlossberg of Estelle’s Dressy Dresses responds to an article published by the Charlestown Patch, discussing a woman’s charitable plan to bring prom dresses to girls in the Boston area.

According to the Charlestown Patch article, Deputy Superintendent of the Boston Police Department Lisa Holmes started noticing a high volume of students not going to their prom about five years ago. Just from doing work in the Grove Hill community center and Burke High School, Holmes found that girls were forgoing the prom experience because they couldn’t afford a dress and didn’t have the money to get their hair done.

“It came from working with young girls and hearing girls talking about how expensive it is and how many girls didn't go to their proms because they couldn’t afford the experience, the dresses, the hair, the whole thing,” Holmes said in the article.

Estelle Schlossberg said there are many expenses to consider when going to prom and it could get extremely expensive, but commends Holmes on the drive. “Young girls need to experience prom,” Schlossberg said. “It’s one of those events that you can’t pass up and someone shouldn’t have to miss out on because they don’t have the money to buy a new dress. This drive gives those girls more than just one fun night, it gives them a lasting memory and makes them feel like they’re part of something.”

The article said Holmes realized she had dresses hanging in her closet after wearing them for one night. This prompted her desire to donate her “gently used” dresses to girls in need. At first, she said she asked a few friends to help donate their dresses, but the drive continued to grow.

In the article, Holmes said she partnered with United Sisters of Color, another local community drive that hosted a prom dress donation charity, and collected 300 dresses. Upon collection, Holmes connects with Boston Public Schools and Boston Center for Youth and Families to figure out which students have the most need. The article said dresses are offered to those students.

“Most dresses are built to last and if you just wear them for one night, there’s no reason why someone else can’t get any joy out of them,” Schlossberg said. “Though prom dresses can be expensive, there are other trendy, yet formal options that are relatively inexpensive. For instance, we sell some Long Island prom dresses for a low price that can be dressed up or down. They are perfect for prom and can be worn on other occasions as well.”

The article revealed that Holmes’ drive is also collecting tuxedos for the young men who can’t afford to buy new suits.

Estelle’s Dressy Dresses is the world’s largest dress shop, featuring over 20,000 quality prom, wedding, cocktail, kids and plus size dresses at affordable prices. Estelle’s is committed to helping you find the perfect dress for any occasion in its 37,000 square foot megastore. In 2012, Estelle’s was voted the “Best Women’s Wedding Evening Wear” destination on Long Island of 2012 by the Long Island Press. As a leading dress shop, Estelle’s strives to help you look your best at the most important times in your life.

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