It’s a bit earlier in the spring than years gone by, but the Former Attire Club at GHS – a club that collects donations of gently used gowns and dresses to give away in time for prom season – is staging their annual event this weekend.
Kate Piotrowski and Audrey Brandes have been working with Nancy Coughlin from Neighbor to Neighbor to plan the Former Attire prom dress giveaway on Friday March 18, from 3:00-5:00 and Saturday, March 19 from 9:30-4:00 at the Tomes Higgins Home located adjacent to Christ Church, 216 East Putnam Ave in Greenwich.
“We’ve been thrilled with the outpouring of donations of clothing from women in the community,” Audrey said. “People had been so generous – donating from their closets the most beautiful gowns and dresses, many brand new with tags still on them,” Kate said.
“We’ve been loving working with Nancy Coughlin from Neighbor to Neighbor,” Audrey said. “She is amazing, and even stored the dresses in her house.”
“Our theme has become empowering women,” Kate said, adding that last fall the Dress for Success drive was the perfect kick-off for their effort. “We want to continue that theme and have other ideas.”
“Kelley Frey who owns the boutique called Fred in Old Greenwich donated two beautiful dresses right off the rack this weekend,” Kate said, as she and Audrey showed off the dresses on Monday after sailing team tryouts at Grass Island.
The girls said Stella MaCaffrey, owner of dress company Stella M’Lia also donated several petite sized dresses, which helped round out the range of sizes.
“We’re still accepting donations this week and during the event,” Kate said. “We take dresses of all lengths, and could especially use accessories including shoes, jewelry and clutches – everything prom-appropriate.”
To donate dresses or accessories, stop by Neighbor to Neighbor HOURS or drop in the student activities office at Greenwich High School any time this week. (The donation center in the basement of the Christ Church Greenwich Annex building, 248 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830. Donations may be dropped off Monday – Friday between 8:30 am – 2:00 pm, Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30 pm.)
High school students with a school ID from Port Chester, Stamford and Greenwich – the Neighbor to Neighbor catchment area – are invited to select dresses at the event.
The Former Attire Club kicked off its year’s effort with a successful Dress for Success drive last fall, collecting two racks worth of attire suitable for job interviews. The girls brought the donations to the Dress or Success offices in Bridgeport.
“It’s not just about putting clothes on people’s backs,” Kate said. “You’re totally giving people self-confidence they need when they’re going into a job interview.