On March 12, 2011, the Marlborough Juniors hosted the Metrowest Princess Boutique – which helps qualified girls get to the prom by easing the financial burden for them and their family.
Marlborough Juniors helped with this event in 2009 and 2010 and eventually took over organizational responsibility in 2011. Maureen Ahern Mongeau had previously run and organized this event.
The purpose of the event is to ease the financial burden on girls and their families by providing a place where they can come to fulfill their needs for formal wear. Each girl has a personal shopper to assist in finding formal dress wear, accessories, jewelry and make-up, and seamstresses are available to provide fitted formal wear for women that would like to attend Proms, Senior Receptions and Sweet Sixteens feeling fashionable and confident, without being stressed about the financial investment.
This year we had 158 girls attend and 147 left with dresses. We also had nearly 80 volunteers from various organizations and groups in the area. We are especially thankful for the seamstresses who volunteer their invaluable skills.
We could not have had such a successful event without the following organizations and individuals:
- Champion Cleaners – for their donation of the dry cleaner bags to cover the dresses
- MACY’s – for their shopping bags
- Starbucks – for the morning coffee for the volunteers
- MIT Copy Tech – for the posters
- Our Lia Sophia rep – Laura Tonelli – for the generous donation of jewelry
- S& F Concrete – for the storage facility (Lizette Frias)
- Assabet Valley Regional HS – for hosting the event
- NE Seamstress Association – for their time (Kathy and Rebecca)
- Mary Kay – Denise Ryan – for the makeup and advice
Dresses were donated via businesses and individuals and there were a variety of new and gently used. In some cases the dresses were brand new, purchased with money donations. The MJWC spent time previous to the event inspecting all donated garments to make sure that they were of appropriate quality to be provided for consideration for the event.
Plans are already under way for next year’s Metrowest Princess Boutique.