Friday, April 12, 2024

Annual Prom Boutique Event Seeking Donations, Volunteers

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JAMES CITY COUNTY — Prom is a fun time for high schoolers to celebrate their work throughout the school year and is often looked back upon fondly for years to come for many adults.

Grove Christian Outreach Center seeks to serve those teens who are less likely to attend
due to the high costs of attire and fees by hosting its annual Prom Boutique.

“We are always looking for ways to celebrate all of our students, no matter their background, and provide resources that money alone can’t buy,” said Robin Jester Wootton, Grove Christian Outreach Development Manager.

Donations of new and gently used formal attire, shoes, and accessories are currently being accepted at the Outreach Center, Williamsburg House of Mercy, or FISH for youth of all sizes until April 5.

The organization is also looking for business partners interested in donating volunteer hours or funding to help make this a special event to remember. “Personal stylists” are needed to help the teens pick out clothing and accessories or give hair and makeup tips as the young women and men come in for their stylist appointments.

Business owners and anyone from the community wanting to help in any way are encouraged to contact the Outreach Center Development Office.

The Outreach Center will also accept monetary donations to help students purchase prom tickets.

Grove Christian Outreach Center has been hosting this event since 2018. This year, the organization is growing the event through partnerships with WJCC Schools, the PTSAs, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Lambda Lambda Omega Chapter and James City County Parks and Recreation.

“We believe that every high school student deserves to feel special and celebrated at their prom, regardless of financial constraints. The free prom boutique aims to provide a memorable and inclusive experience for all students, allowing them to choose their dream outfit without any financial burden,” stated Katie Patrick, Grove Christian Outreach Executive Director. “We hope to promote self-confidence, empower young individuals, and create lasting memories that they will cherish for a lifetime.”

The Prom Boutique will be held on April 16-18 at Legacy Hall in New Town and will be open to students at WJCC High Schools by appointment.

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