Boutique Day 2011

Non-stop excitement at Boutique Day 2011

Amid squeals of delight, more than 400 high school girls walked into a rainbow of 2,600 prom dresses lined up by size and color at the Holmes Sports Center at Simmons College on Saturday, April 16. A volunteer “personal shopper” accompanied each girl.

At the daylong invitation-only event, more than 300 volunteers showered the girls with attention to ensure that they would have the perfect look for prom night. The enthusiastic volunteers came from the Junior League of Boston, the Boston Bruins Ice Girls, Blitz and Boston University, as well as other colleges, companies and organizations.

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Also on hand as personal shoppers were JAM’N-94.5 morning personality, Pebbles, FOX-TV25 reporter, Tyisha Fernandes and Norissa Morse, former Miss Teen Maine. Along with choosing the perfect gown, the girls received makeup tips from Mary Kay consultant Kathryn Corley, hair tips on the hottest styles from the Empire Beauty Schools, and had their portrait taken in their prom gown by Joan Ross Photography of Danvers, MA. Volunteer seamstresses were also available to make alterations.

The day exuded energy and excitement with raffles of over 60 gift certificates to hair salons and beauty spas, selecting jewelry and makeup and over 300 pairs of trendy shoes.

Radiant and confident, the girls were glowing with dreams of an unforgettable prom.

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Here are a few of the comments about the day:

From 2011 participants:

“I love you guys. I’m a queen!”

“I’m very thankful for what you guys are doing for a bunch of girls, like myself.”

“I love my dress and shoes. My personal shopper was great. Thanks a million!”

“It was totally awesome!”

From volunteers

“I had such a wonderful time helping out at the Belle of the Ball boutique. Both young ladies I helped found the perfect dress, and were so excited to be able to attend their prom. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I am looking forward to being here again next year.” –Aujah Fairbain

“We had so much fun helping all you ladies look fabulous in dresses that fit! Have fun at the prom!!!” –Sara Brenton

From referral partners

“The feedback from the girls we referred to Belle of the Ball was amazing. They were completely outfitted from head to toe, and grateful is an understatement. One young lady in particular felt like she got the red carpet treatment as the volunteers pampered her and made her feel like royalty. As a result of Belle of the Ball, she is able to attend her prom, beautiful and worry free.” –Sharee Gittens of Family Services of Greater Boston

“I am so excited about the prom and the girls have been elated about their choices in dresses, just this morning I had two student that came to me raving about how beautiful their dresses were. I am so happy that Belle of the Ball provided the students at Burke High School the opportunity to have their prom dreams come true!  Thank You it was an absolutely pleasurable experience for all.” –Deborah A. Doherty R.N School Nurse, Burke High School, Boston