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Immediate: March 22, 2018

Make Dreams Come True for Young Women at the Annual "Prom Boutique"at Nassau Community College

Dress and Accessories Donation Dates:  Through March 25 (unless otherwise noted)

Garden City, NY – This year, Nassau Community College will once again partner with the Long Island Volunteer Center to host the annual "Prom Boutique," a program that enables individuals and businesses to donate new or gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses for distribution to deserving young women. All dresses and accessories will be distributed free of charge to girls of families across Long Island who cannot easily absorb the expense of a new gown for their prom, awards ceremony, or graduation. High school guidance counselors, at-risk youth agencies, group homes, and church outreaches make the program available to their constituents.

Nearly 1,500 young women from different schools and organizations across Long Island and the outer boroughs benefit from this program each year. This program is a major, College-wide initiative that provides NCC students with real world experience in the areas of retailing, visual merchandising, fashion buying, event planning, marketing, and public relations. The event also provides an excellent proving ground for students to learn the importance of social responsibility in the community. Students, faculty and staff from all disciplines of the College volunteer to help with set-up and running of the boutique.

Prof. Heidi O'Connell, Coordinator of the Prom Boutique, said, "Every year, we look forward to partnering with the Long Island Volunteer Center on this very worthwhile project that benefits our students while at the same time giving back to our local community. This is our 15th year of working together." Each year the boutique increases in popularity, added Prof. O'Connell.

The following drop-off sites are available to collect donations of new and gently used dressy dresses, prom gowns, bridesmaid gowns, special occasion shoes, handbags, costume jewelry, and accessories. Except for Nassau Community College, the drop-off date is through Sunday, March 25. Many times are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., but please note alternate times as listed:

Nassau Community College, Office of Marketing/Retailing/Merchandising/Interior Design – Cluster A, Outside Room 2171 Education Drive, Garden City
*Collecting Monday, April 9, through Thursday, April 12, from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center
300 Forest Drive/East Hills, NY 11548
Through Sat, March 24 (Mon-Thurs, 6a-10:30p;Fri, 6a-5:30p; Sat, 7a-9p; Sun, 7a-8p)

Westy Self-Storage
4049 Jericho Turnpike/East Northport, NY 11731
During regular hours through Sat, March 24
(Mon-Sat, 8a-6p; Sun, 11a-4p) & Sun, March 25 (11a-1p)

AT Stewart Exchange
109 11th Street/Garden City, NY 11530
During regular store hours through Sat, March 24
(Tues-Fri, 10a-4p; Sat, 12-4p; closed Sun-Mon)

Nordstrom Roosevelt Field
630 Old Country Road, Second Floor – Order Pickup Station (nearest tothe entrance of the parking garage)/Garden City, NY 11530
Sun, March 25 (11a-1p)

CYO of Long Island
20 East Cherry Street/Hicksville, NY 11801
Mon-Fri, 9a-4p

2 Jericho Plaza, 3rd Floor/Jericho, NY
During business hours throughFri, March 23 (Mon-Fri, 9a-5p)

Westy Self-Storage2
400 Marcus Avenue/Lake Success, NY 11020
During regular hours through Sat, March 24
(Mon-Sat, 8a-6p; Sun, 11a-4p) & Sun, March 25 (11a-1p)

JPJ Real Estate & Design
154 Union Avenue/Lynbrook, NY 11563
During office hours through Fri, March 23
(Mon-Fri, 9a-4p) or by appointment nights and weekends.

Malverne Public Library
61 St. Thomas Place/Malverne, NY 11565
During regular business hours through Thurs, March 22

Emerge Yoga & Wellness
623 Broadway/Massapequa, NY 11758
During regular business hours through Sat, March 24

Merrick Jewish Center
225 Fox Blvd./Merrick, NY 11566
Sun, March 25 (11a – 1p)

Colori Bella Hair Studio
221 Atlantic Avenue/Oceanside, NY 11572
During regular salon hours through Sat, March 24
(Tues-Sat. 10a-5p; Sun, 9-3; closed Mon)

Mid Island Y JCC
45 Manetto Hill Road/Plainview, NY 11803
Through Sat, March 24 during regular business hours

Somerset Gardens Senior Living
150 Sunnyside Boulevard/Plainview, NY 11803
Sun, March 25 (11a – 1p)

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church
309 Patchogue Road/Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Sun, March 25, 12-1:30p

Lucky Finds Boutique, Ltd
7a North Park Avenue/Rockville Centre, NY 11570
During regular store hours Mon, March 19-Sat, March 24
10a-6p and Sun, March 25, 11a- 1p

19 South Village Avenue/Rockville Centre, NY 11570
During regular store hours through Sat,March 24 (Tues-Fri 11a-6p; Sat-Sun 12-5p)
and Sun, March 25, 11a-1p

Turn of the Corkscrew Books & Wine
110 North Park Avenue/Rockville Centre, NY 11570
During regular store hours through Sat,March 24
(Mon, 12-9pm; Tues-Thurs, 10a-9:30p; Fri-Sat 10a-10p; closed Sun)

Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop
1395 Old Northern Boulevard/Roslyn, NY 1157
During regular store hours through Sat,March 24
(Tues-Sat, 10a-6p; Sun, 12-6p; closed Mon); Sun, March 25, 12-2p

Sip This
64 Rockaway Avenue/Valley Stream, NY 11580
During regular store hours through Sat, March 24
(Mon-Thurs, 7a-10p; Fri, 7a-1am; Sat-Sun 8a-6p)

Clear Skin
537 Hempstead Turnpike/West Hempstead, NY 11552
During regular store hours through Sat,March 24
(Tues-Wed 10a-6p; Thurs, 10a-8p; Fri, 9a-6p; Sat, 9a-5p)

All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law, and receipts will be available at drop-off sites. For more information about donating to the Prom Boutique, please call the NCC Marketing/Retailing Department at 516.572.7587.


Media Contact: Alicia Steger516.572.9634; alicia.steger@ncc.eduncc.edu/releases

About Nassau Community College
Nassau Community College is an institution where more than 20,000 full-time, part-time, Workforce Development and continuing education students start and continue their successful journey through higher education. More than 70 fields of study are offered on a 225-acre campus located in the center of Long Island. As the largest single-campus two-year college in New York State, Nassau Community College maintains a national reputation for excellence. For more information, visit www.ncc.edu.

About the Long Island Volunteer Center
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. A legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center since 1992, LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as a Regional Volunteer Center.

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