Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester has spent the last 16 years making the cost of attending the prom more manageable for qualified high school junior and senior girls.
“We know the need for our services continues to increase yet the number of girls that register continues to decrease year over year, which tells us that we are not reaching these young ladies,” FGGR partner Mara Axelrod said. “The poverty level continues to grow here in Rochester, but the cost of attending a prom continues to increase. We can help reduce the financial burden significantly for families.
“We only ask for a $5 donation for gowns and $1 for accessories. If a young lady is unable to pay, that’s OK — they leave with their steamed gown, accessories and a goody bag.”
This year’s Prom Dress Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 30 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main St. Young women can go to their school’s guidance department to register online.
“Greece is one community that has changed economically over the past 10 years, and our students here at Greece Olympia High School have not been immune from those drastic shifts,” said Kara Passamonte, a reading specialist and student adviser at the school. “In the past, we have brought a few girls to the Fairy Godmothers’ annual Prom Dress Fair and they have had an excellent experience. This year we are bringing 30 students, and providing the funding for the transportation to and from the convention center that day.
“We have amazing, smart, intelligent young women that have never had the opportunity to be pampered. With the Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester’s help, we can make that happen.”
Volunteer opportunities are available. Visit fairygodmothersrochester.com for information.