BRAWLEY – Going to the Prom is expensive. Tickets, the dress, flowers; these can add up in a hurry and in a community where parents don’t always have a lot of extra cash to help their child with these costs, some high school students skip out on attending their prom.
BUHS seniors Kalynn Gutierrez and Alicia Cortez wanted to help their classmates get to this year’s prom. They chose to do a Senior Project and call it ‘Your Friend’s Closet’.
They felt there should be a way to find gently used prom dresses and get them into the hands of girls who needed a dress for prom. They asked BUHS Band Director, Amy Dailey, to mentor them. Mrs. Dailey agreed and in less than four weeks the girls had over 300 dresses to give out on March 15th.
Unknown to the girls, Mrs. Dailey had hosted a similar event several years ago called Dresses Divine, but she willingly agreed to call in her helpers in the community if the girls would do the work.
Kalynn and Alicia worked very hard to put this event together. They posted flyers, visited classrooms and other schools in the Valley to get the word out. Friends, neighbors and family members shopped clearance sales, re-sale shops, and E-bay to find dresses ranging in sizes from a 1 to plus sizes.
Almost half the dresses had never been worn. Nordman cleaners in El Centro pressed the dresses for free and the Kiwanis club donated $500.00 for gift cards and other expenses.
On Saturday over 200 dresses were given away. Quarterly raffles were held for jewelry, gift cards for manicures, and the biggest raffle was for prom tickets.
One mother said she was very grateful for the event and thanked everyone for hosting it.
A young lady named Joanne was the first girl to find her dress, a long slinky dress covered in green sequins. She said she felt very pretty in it.
The left over dresses are being stored at the moment, but will be available one last time right before prom and then they will be given to WOVEN for their boutique. Mrs. Dailey felt this event was very positive and all the girls; not just those who got dresses, but the helpers as well had a good time.
Saturday was also Mrs. Dailey’s birthday and she was serenaded and gifted with some cupcakes and a pasta lunch compliments of the Gutierrez family.
BUHS should be proud of Kalynn and Alicia they showed good leadership in putting this even together and a sense of real caring for their fellow classmates. They are a credit to the school and to their families.