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Hundreds of gowns distributed through Prom Dress Drive

SAY YES TO THE DRESS — A crowd of girls and their friends and family members gathered to peruse the gowns available during the free prom dress days. Photo submitted by Jessica O’Neil.
HAMBURG — Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon and Urban Valet Dry Cleaners have announced that the dresses collected during the fifth annual Prom Dress Drive have been distributed to girls in need of a gown for prom or other occasion.

“This past weekend, we had approximately 700 amazing dresses available for girls to look through,” Dixon said. “Hundreds of girls attended, with their family and friends, to enjoy the experience of shopping for their perfect gown, without worrying about the cost of the dress. I want to thank everyone who attended. We had a great time helping girls from all over Western New York.

“The community once again came together to make the 2014 Prom Dress Drive our best event,” the legislator added.

COME ONE, COME ALL — Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon (bottom, right) is pictured with Jackie O’Malley of Urban Valet, during the free prom dress days held at the Performing Arts Dance Academy in Hamburg. Photos by Alicia Greco.
On April 5 and 6, local high school girls attended free shopping days at the Performing Arts Dance Academy in Hamburg, to “shop” through a large selection of gowns that had been donated by members of the community. Shoes and jewelry were also available, to complete the outfits.

Volunteers Isabel Skormin of Hamburg and Madison Frew of Eden
During the past five years, Urban Valet has donated its time and resources to clean thousands of dresses.

“Thank you to Legislator Lynne Dixon for founding the event,” said Jackie O’Malley, Urban Valet Dry Cleaners director of business development.

“These girls not only left with a beautiful free dress, but they share in the experience of dress shopping with their moms, grandmothers and friends. Urban Valet is proud to help these girls look and feel confident.”

The following businesses made contributions, during the Prom Dress Drive: Urban Valet Dry Cleaners, Performing Arts Dance Academy, ShoeFly, Dyed To Match, Speier Displays and Party Rentals and The Bead Gallery.

Dresses not chosen during the free shopping event were donated to similar prom dress drives, including the Alfred State Project Prom Dress and drives held at Cassadaga Valley High School and Lake Shore Senior High School, according to Dixon.

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