The Clothing Bank Etc. Hosted a Free Prom Dress Event on April 1, 2017 and April 8, 2017

The Clothing Bank Etc. successfully hosted their third annual prom event on April 1 and April 8, 2017. High school girls came to the "Prom Boutique" from various towns in CT to select a prom gown, shoes, purse, jewelry and new makeup at no cost. The purpose of this event was to help alleviate some of the expenses involved in going to their high school prom. Hopefully, we helped to make memories that will be cherished by those attending a special event in their lives. 


A young man came in and was fortunate to find a tux in his size. He was also lucky to receive a voucher donated by Wild Flowers of Tolland to have a corsage made up for his date. Heather Matthieu, owner and floral designer, donated five corsage vouchers that were won by raffle. The winners of the raffle can call Wild Flowers of Tolland to order their corsages, color coordinated with the girl’s gowns.

The young women had a great time trying on various gowns and shoes enabling them to decide which dress to wear to the prom. Unexpectedly God sent us a volunteer seamstress, Sharon Kloter, who spent both days fitting and altering the chosen gowns. She wanted to donate her time and skills to make any alterations necessary to the girl’s gowns. She also hemmed the young man’s trousers. Sharon was a wonderful godsend!

Mary Kay beauty consultants, Megan Ross and Amy Jones, donated their time and talents to teach the girls how to put on their makeup. They helped the girls choose colors to suit their skin tone and demonstrated how to apply makeup. Additionally, all sorts of makeup were made available at no charge.

Our refreshment table was well stocked for all to enjoy while in our waiting area or following their shopping spree.

Clothing Bank Etc. has a wonderful group of volunteers. With generous spirit, passion, creative talents and ambition, it allows us to extend ourselves to do more to help our community.

I want to thank the people and organizations from all over who donated to our Prom event and to also commend those who helped get the word out to the high school girls with the necessary information. Everyone was as excited as we were to help the girls realize their prom dream. Seeing the excitement in the young ladies' faces and knowing that they had a good time made this event special to us. Their enthusiasm and kind words showed us just how much they appreciated it. We look forward to hosting the prom event again in the spring of 2018. 


However, if there is still a need for a prom ensemble this year, you may call 860-798-5026 for an appointment. Without the kind donations and the wonderful support from the various communities, none of these events would be possible.

A big thank you to everyone!

Christine Filanowicz
Clothing Bank Etc. Director