Simmons hosts Belle of the Ball to help young women attend prom
For many high school students, prom is a right of passage, but the cost of attending can quickly add up. According to a recent survey by Visa, money spent on buying tickets, attire, flowers, limousines, photographers, and after-parties cost an average family an astonishing $807 in 2011. The high costs are causing many students to opt out of the experience due to financial constraints.
In 2005, Anton's Cleaners created the Belle of the Ball program, which helps to alleviate the costs of attending prom by asking people to donate gently worn, prom-appropriate dresses to various locations throughout eastern Massachusetts.
The program concludes with a day-long boutique held at Simmons College, who has been the proud host of Belle of the Ball by donating the use of its gym in the Holmes Sports Center. From February to April, donation boxes were placed around the Simmons campus, and more than 25 prom gowns were donated from the Simmons community. This year's event on April 14 is expected to draw more than 400 young women who will shop for their perfect prom dress, free of cost.
An added bonus? The young women will be assigned a personal shopper and stylist who will help them through the dress selection process!
Anton's Cleaners initially chose Simmons College as the host for Belle of the Ball's "Boutique Day" because of its central location in Boston and because its a women's college who supports young women in the community. Earlier this month, Simmons hosted the first annual fundraiser event for Belle of the Ball, which was a huge success.
Interested in helping the cause? Be sure to check out the Belle of the Ball website for information on volunteering and donating.