Family Matters Helps Low-Income Girls & Boys Attend Prom

Family Matters of Greater Washington hosted its 4th Annual Dresses4 Dreams Networking Reception last night at the Dirty Martini in downtown Washington, DC.  The event was presented by Remy Martin and WPGC’s “Sunni and the City.” More than 50 people attended the networking reception, which raised an estimated $685 and secured donation of over 50 gently-used/new dresses and suits. Walgreen’s is the sponsor of this year’s Dresses4Dreams. Suited Lifestyles provided a donation of 500 ties for the project.

These collected items will be used to create boutiques and a men’s shop for D.C.-based low-income teenage girls and boys to select free dresses, shoes, accessories, men’s suits, shirts and ties for Prom.  At the boutique, each girl will also have the opportunity to interact with professional stylists and win a free hair styling, manicure, or make-up application.

The 2015 Dresses 4Dreams boutique events will be held on the following dates and at the following locations:
• April 9th, 4-7 pm, Martin Luther King Jr.  Library, 901 G Street, NW
• April 15th , 4-7 pm, Family Matters of Greater Washington-1509 16th Street, NW

The 2015 Dressing4Dreams-Men’s Shop event will be held on the following date and at the following location:
• April 22nd, 4-7 pm, Family Matters of Greater Washington-1509 16th Street, NW.

According to Tonya Jackson Smallwood, President and CEO of Family Matters; “Recent studies have shown that young girls spend, on average, $1,139 in costs to attend prom. For families living below the poverty level, this can place an undue burden and prevent some young girls from taking part in this important rite of passage. We are committed to helping District girls achieve their dreams of attending prom, regardless of their family’s income.”

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Jennifer Devlin (703) 876-1714, jennifer.devlin@cox.net