Free winter formal dresses for girls in need


Amanda Lira

As Winter Formal approaches, Glamor Gowns coordinator Stacy Brabant collects dresses, accessories, and make-up to give to girls in need of dresses for the dance. Girls from Downey, Warren, and surrounding neighborhood high schools get dresses for free for Homecoming, Winter Formal, and Prom.

Noemi Lozano, Copy Editor

On Jan. 9, high school students in the city of Downey who were unable to purchase a gown for the Winter Formal dance were invited to receive the royal treatment by attending a free event called Glamour Gowns.

Glamour Gowns is a non profit organization that provides the necessities of a high school dance to underprivileged girls, giving them the night they have always dreamt of.

Girls who participated were not only gifted a variety of dresses to choose from, but were also given a choice of any purse, set of makeup, and shoe store gift card all provided by donations. This way, girls who may be less fortunate than others, could still enjoy the privilege to attend Winter Formal looking like a princess.

The dresses were collected throughout the year and many were donated by a thrift shop located in the Downey area. The dresses were all assorted by volunteers and held in the Assistance League Chapter House located at 7749 Florence Ave. in Downey.

Stacy Brabant, the event organizer, used this organization to help build up the self-esteems of other girls.

“It’s all about making them feel good about themselves,” Brabant said. “Creating memories, no matter who they are.”

After the girls picked the dress they liked the most and tried it on, they strutted down the room for the volunteers to see.

Sophomore Elani Venegas was happy and appreciative of the turnout of the event.

“I wasn’t planning on going to formal, but with the help of them, I now can,” Venagas said. “Plus, I love my dress!”

The volunteers and founders of this non-profit organization are appreciated for their kind and unimaginable work. They are constantly collecting dresses and accessories for these girls and are happy to do so.

Senior Genesis Ojeda benefited from this organization, being both surprised and grateful for this event.

“I thought there was going to be a catch to all this,” Ojeda said , “but it turns out it was just people doing nice things for others, something that’s not so common anymore.”

This organization is a year round collection and anybody is free to donate new or gently used dresses, purses, and jewelry by contacting Stacy Brabant at (310) 991-3757.