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Nonprofit helps teens find perfect prom gown

ruby roomSEATTLE — A local nonprofit is helping teens fulfill their glam prom dreams by giving them the perfect gown.

The Ruby Room provides current-fashion gowns free of cost to local low-income families. The organization held a dress drive at their Capitol Hill headquarters on Sunday.

There was a steady stream of people dropping off gowns at the Ruby Room’s boutique at the Richard Hugo House.

Board member Jaime Untz said donations are essential to making prom season that much more special for teens who wouldn’t normally be able to afford a dress.

“It’s completely easy to take it for granted if you have the money to go to prom, but it is really one of those memorable experiences that people hopefully get to have when they’re in high school and it’s really a great way to affect the life of a teen at the most basic level,” Untz said.

In addition to dresses, Ruby Room is in need of accessories such as jewelry, handbags and shoes to help complete the look.

“We really want them to come in and not have to worry about anything when they leave and just be ready to go to prom,” Untz said.

The gowns will be given to low-income families and teens later in the spring. Last year the volunteer-run organization was able to help more than 500 teens.

Ruby Room has plenty of volunteer opportunities available. Anyone interested in donating items or volunteering their time can visit the Ruby Room’s website.

3 comments

  • Liz Havlin

    Its great to see more people support the volunteer prom boutiques! Most every state has at least one and most girls in need could not go to prom without the assistance of The Ruby Room, Cinderella's Closet, Becca's Closet, and the like! Don't forget to donate hair accessories and unused make-up to help complete the "Prom for All" experience!

  • Cherianne Thayer

    My senior year (2010) I had gone to the ruby room with some girls from my high school in search for the perfect prom dress. I love the fact that they had someone to help me through the search process and make me feel like I was beautiful. I know that the girls and I were greatful for the dresses we had got for our night that you only have once. I still have the dress that I had got from there and yes it still fits. I know that it is a great place for young girls and the people there are wonderful to them.

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