On April 17, 2010, the Simmons College Holmes Sports Center was transformed into an elegant boutique. With the help of volunteer personal shoppers, over 395 girls found the perfect gown. Filled with excitement, the participants also had the opportunity to spend time receiving personal tips on the hottest prom looks from Mary Kay consultant Kathryn Corley, Empire Beauty Schools, and have their photograph taken in their prom gown by Joan Ross Photography of Danvers, MA. Participants were also able to choose make up, jewelry accessories, and/or shoes, thanks to our generous In-Kind partners.
As an added treat, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls volunteered as personal shoppers at the boutique.
Throughout the day many prizes were raffled off, including gift certificates to local hair and skin care salons and sterling silver jewelry, corsage certificates and perfume.
Showered with individual attention, each girl left feeling like the Belle of the Ball.
The day was a huge success, thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the commitment of all of our partners.
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Here is a sampling of the reactions to the day:
6th Annual Belle of the Ball Testimonials:
“Thank you so much! I got the most beautiful dress and everything was so perfect.”
– 2010 participant
“Everyone had such great things to say – the girls getting the dresses, their teachers, parents, etc…. But, I think the volunteers get the most out of it! So many of them said to me that it was a truly wonderful experience.”
“Cheers to Anton’s Cleaners for making a difference for so many young women and their families.”
– Cindy Raymond, 2010 volunteer
“Our students were so excited and pleased by the royal treatment they were given. The gowns were awesome and the whole experience is one they will remember forever.”
– Linda Queripel, Boston Adult Technical Academy, referral partner
“Buying a dress for a prom is not something these girls would be able to afford, but because of Belle of the Ball, they can get a beautiful dress that makes them feel confident and gives them something to look forward to – attending the prom with their friends.”
– Jennifer Hecker, Catholic Charities North Region Malden High School Teen Parent Program, referral partner