Prom Boutique 2011

NEWS RELEASE

Immediate: March 15, 2011 Media Contact: Alicia Steger 516.572.9634 E-mail: alicia.steger@ncc.edu ncc.edu/newsreleases

Nassau Community College Makes Dreams Come True for Young Women at the “Prom Boutique” Dress & Accessories Donation Date: April 3, 2011

Garden City, NY – This spring Nassau Community College will once again host the “Prom Boutique,” a program in which individuals and businesses donate new or gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses for distribution to deserving young women. The Long Island Volunteer Center co-sponsors the Prom Boutique with the College.

This is Nassau’s seventh year hosting the boutique. The Prom Boutique is a College-wide initiative that provides students real world experience in the areas of retailing, visual merchandising, fashion buying, event planning, and marketing and public relations. The event also teaches students the importance of social responsibility in marketing. Students, faculty and staff from all areas of the College come to help setup and run the boutique. It’s an event that people look forward to participating in year after year.

The following drop-off sites are available on Sunday, April 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (except where indicated) to collect donations of new and gently used dressy dresses, prom gowns, bridesmaid gowns, special occasion shoes, handbags, costume jewelry and accessories. The sites are:

Bloomingdale’s at Roosevelt Field, Dress Department, Upper Level, launches the collection drive at its prom event on Saturday, March 26 and will be accepting donations through Sunday, April 3 during store hours.Villanova Alumni Association will be accepting donations at St. Anthony’s High School (cafeteria), 275 Wolf Hill Road, South Huntington, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.Goodwill, 479 East Main St., PatchogueMulcahy’s, 3232 Railroad Ave., WantaghJunior League of Long Island Thrift Shop, 1395 Old Northern Blvd., RoslynOur Lady Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 53 Prospect Road, CenterportSt. John’s Episcopal Church, 1670 Route 25A, Cold Spring HarborSt. Mark’s United Methodist Church (parlor), 200 Hempstead Ave., Rockville CentreSt. Paul’s Lutheran Church (back doors), 309 Patchogue Road, Port Jefferson StationWesty Self-Storage, 2400 Marcus Avenue, Lake SuccessYES Community Counseling Center, 75 Grand Ave., Massapequa, (between Hicksville Rd. and Central Ave.)

All donations will be distributed to invited guests only at an event called the Prom Boutique, which will be held at Nassau Community College on sometime in April. “It’s such a positive and emotional day for both the volunteers as well as the recipients. Please join us: Once you participate, you’ll be hooked, too!” said Prof. Dawn DiStefano, NCC Marketing, Retailing and Interior Design, coordinator of the boutique. Individuals recommended by high school counselors, at-risk youth programs, group homes and church outreach programs are invited to the Prom Boutique. Nearly 1,200 young women from different schools and organizations across Long Island benefit from this program each year.

All donations are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. Receipts for contributions will be available at the drop-off sites.

For more information about donating to the Prom Boutique, please call the NCC Marketing Department at 516.572.7587.

About Nassau Community College Nassau Community College, a division of the State University of New York, is an institution where nearly 24,000 full- and part-time students and almost 15,000 continuing and professional 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.

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