“Formal Attire Required” is the words that hundreds of young ladies and gentlemen will hear as prom season rolls around and other “formal” events get into full swing. It’s that time of year again when parents open up pocket books and sigh at the cost of dresses. For gentlemen, they can often get away at a formal attire event with anything from a Tuxedo to a dark jacket and pants. The cost is usually a rental or the cost of a jacket from a local shop, but for the young ladies the cost can be much greater.
Formal Attire for a young lady almost always means a dress, and not just any dress, it must be a formal gown. These dresses can range anywhere in cost from a few hundred dollars, up into the thousands. When our family recently purchased one, we found the average cost range hit about $350 to $700 for something nice. While most will charge, or purchase, and move on, the fact is some people simply cannot afford to push out big bucks on a dress that will be worn once, maybe twice by a young lady. The cost is too high and that means that some young ladies simply will not be able to attend the formal attire dance or event of a lifetime. Being unable to attend due to financial cost can, and often does, impact self-worth and self-esteem. A young lady may feel that she simply does not measure up to her friends as they purchase the new dresses. She can feel lost in the shuffle and left behind as friends get their dresses, make-up and shoes ready for the big event. The cost of a dress should never hinder a person’s once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in prom and other formal events, and this is when Gowns for HER comes into the scene.
Gowns for Her operates with one mission in mind – “To promote self-worth by providing formal gowns to young girls who desire to attend formal activities regardless of financial circumstances.” The group gathers gowns, shoes, and accessories through donations and provides them to young girls at no cost. According to Apolonia Pacheco, MSW, the founder of Gowns for HER, the group has a goal to “give away gowns to as many girls in need in the Ark-La-Tex and surrounding areas as possible.” The group also continues to collect gowns throughout the year along with other donations such as shoes, accessories, and even new make-up is accepted.
A Giveaway even requires no ticket or fee. The group provides the services at absolutely “NO COST”. This year there will be two giveaways. The first will be March 8 and the second will be March 9 as follows:
March 8, 2019 – 5p.m. to 8p.m. at the Couture Closet, 4038 Summerhill Square, Texarkana, TX, 75503
March 9, 2019 – 12p.m. to 4p.m. at Lakeridge Apartments Clubhouse, 3708 S. Lake Drive, Texarkana, TX 75501
People interested in the event, or interested in donating, can contact Apolonia Pacheco at 813-385-6273 or by email at Gownsforher@gmail.com
Self-worth and self-esteem is most often started at a young age – if you are someone in need of a formal gown, or you child needs one to attend a formal event and you simply cannot afford it, reach out and attend one of the Gowns For Her events. Sometimes these formal events only occur once, but the memories will be there for a lifetime.