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Operation Prom To Give Dresses To New Rochelle Youth

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Operation Prom, an initiative to help underprivileged students enjoy their big night by providing prom attire, will hold a dress giveaway in New Rochelle Wednesday. The giveaway, which comprises four events throughout Westchester, begins Tuesday in White Plains.

County Executive Robert P. Astorino will join Noel D’Allacco, founder of the program, at 11:30 a.m. to help kick off the White Plains event. About 100 girls are expected to participate in the first of several dress giveaway events this week.

In its ninth year, Operation Prom has helped thousands of area teens by collecting and distributing gently used (and sometimes unused) dresses, as well as arranging for free tuxedo rentals for boys.

“Operation Prom is a great program,” said Astorino. “Westchester County is pleased to continue to cosponsor this program through our Department of Social Services.”

The county helps publicize events, provides storage space at 375 Executive Blvd., a county warehouse in Elmsford, for the gowns and allows the free use of the County Center for a dress giveaway.

Operation Prom helps teens from low-income households and those who live in shelters or group homes attend their prom at little or no cost. The Department of Social Services  (DSS) plays a vital role by connecting young women and men in their care with Operation Prom so that girls can pick out a dress at one of the giveaways.

The New Rochelle event is on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College of New Rochelle at 29 Castle Place.

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