The South Brunswick 3rd Annual Prom Dress Drive “the Sisterhood of the Traveling Prom Dresses” is going on now through March 13th. Prom donations can consist of long and short dresses as well as prom purses, shoes and jewelry. We rely on donations from the community, students, staff and businesses for this event to be successful.
The actual Prom Event will take place on Thursday, March 20th from 2:45pm to 6:00pm. It is open to all South Brunswick High School girls, all items are free with no questions asked.
In the previous years we held the event, over 400 dresses each year were donated, approximately 90 girls and 70 volunteers each year received dresses and helped run the event. The left over prom dresses from the event were donated to New Brunswick High School last year. The generosity of the local community not only enabled South Brunswick students to receive a prom dress at no cost but also facilitated another school district in receiving a wonderful free gift of beautiful prom dresses from our community.
This year Tihiras Beauty Salon is returning to the event with 2 free certificates for our free raffle for an up do and makeup, and they will have some of their staff available to do free Henna (Mende) tatoos. Returning Mary Kaye representative Dorie Knott, will be giving out free facials raffle tickets and free make up samples. Cosmo Bleu from Princeton comes back for the 2nd year and is giving us two free certificates for up dos for the free raffle.. A newcomer this year is the Nail Salon in Colonia providing us with 2 free up dos for the raffle also. Other returning businesses that help to make the Prom Event spectacular are BlackRock Industries, Krispy Krust Pizza of North Brunswick, Chartwells of South Brunswick High School, Regency Cleaners of Franklin, Party Fair of Kendall Park, The Dollar Store of Monmouth Junction, the Rasoi Restaurant and Banquet Hall III of Monmouth Junction, KiKi D’s of Skillman, the Education Foundation of South Brunswick and the South Brunswick Education Association.
This year The Viking Closet was estactic to have won for the 2nd year in a row, The Education Foundation Grant for $1,000.00 that provided the Closet with the everyday essentials that help to run the Closet as well as twenty, $25.00 gift certificates towards the rental of a tuxedos, that will be presented to any male student that is in need of a little extra help for the high financial cost that comes with prom.
Very recently the Viking Closet was awarded approximately $5,000.00 from Pride Grant from the South Brunswick Education Association. This grant money is enabling us to finance the majority of our larger needs. Without the grant money it would not be possible to purchase these items. We appreciate that both organizations recognize the impact the Viking Closet is making on the school and the community. We are grateful to these organizations as well as all the businesses, donors, and volunteers that are helping to make this event possible.
We are also still in need of men’s winter coats, gloves, hats and draw string bags. These items as well as any prom related items can be dropped off in the main lobby of the high school during open hours.