Prom Boutique 2015 - Celebrating a Milestone
Photo Credit: John Oliver
This was one of the best experiences ever!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! To all the staff thank you! You saved my parents A LOT of money!” – Prom Boutique Recipient
Excitement filled the air as students poured into the Prom Boutique to select the perfect outfit for their special night. One student shared, “Thanks fairy godmother…couldn’t afford prom. You made prom possible.”
This year, our Prom Boutique 2015 served 530 students, making this milestone event accessible to young people all across the city. This was only made possible through the support of generous volunteers, advocates and clothing donors.
With over 100 volunteers, including 68 event-day personal shoppers, the Prom Boutique demonstrates how incredible things can happen when a community rallies together. In addition to selecting the perfect outfit, students could receive free hair and make up consultations from industry professionals. As well, youth attended an Information Fair to learn about volunteer and job opportunities from local community partners including the Aga Khan Museum, Woodgreen Community Centre and Volunteer Toronto.
For many young people prom and graduation represents new beginnings and hope. It is with these sentiments that New Circles aspires to help young people celebrate new opportunities, feeling confident and excited about a future full of possibilities.
We wish to thank our business partners that served as clothing drop-off locations: Bosley Real Estate (Patrick Rocca), Flair Trade Consignment, Gibson’s Cleaners, Henkaa, In This Closet, Smoke and Ash and Voluptuous.
A special thanks to Gibson’s Cleaners for dry cleaning donations at no cost, Jennifer Crawford for mending and repairing slightly imperfects and both Pixii Salon and Protégé School for providing free make-up and hair consultations.
Our thanks to Jennifer Valentyne, host of Breakfast TV’s Live Eye (see video clips) and toCBC Metro Morning for featuring our city-wide Prom Clothing Drive, which provided a significant boost to clothing donations.
New Circles is grateful to Justin Ming Cheung from Puzzle Creations, as well as the Rocca Family for being incredible advocates for the Prom Boutique.
We also wish to express our gratitude to photographer Jim Crawford, who generously hosted a photo booth for students and captured the magic of the event!
This event would not be possible without the ongoing financial support for our youth programming provided by Mackenzie Investments Charitable Foundation.