Boyertown Junior Women's Club holds ‘Once Upon a Prom' dress drive event

From left to right: Joann Miller, Joanne Pritchard, Sue Pfeiffer, Judy Leister, Anita Zuber and Jayne McHugh transformed Strength in Motion, Gilbertsville, into a boutique on March 22 and 23.

Most little girls have spent a lot of time day dreaming of special days that will come as they grow older. Their first father daughter dance, their sweet sixteen birthday, their wedding day and of course prom. For many of those little girls the one thing that must be perfect is the dress.

The dress is in many ways a representation of their feelings. It is a symbol of the joy and the excitement they feel on that very special day and so the dress has to be just right. Sadly, however many girls cannot afford the cost that comes with the dream.

Enter the Boyertown Junior Women’s Club who this year made it their mission to make the “dress dream” come true for as many young women as possible. With prom season well underway families struggle to afford the best for their little girls. There is after all the price of the ticket, the dress, the shoes, the accessories and many times even the transportation.

Understanding the importance the dress plays in this very special coming of age event the BJWC committed themselves to collecting as many prom dresses as possible. At last count the ladies were able to collect four-hundred thirty-eight dresses ranging in every possible style and size and fit for any princess.

On March 22 and 23 the ladies of the BJWC transformed Strength in Motion located on East Philadelphia Avenue in Gilberstville into a boutique. Mothers and fathers stood watching as their not so little anymore little girls came out from behind dressing screens in gowns that dazzled the eye with beauty second only to the maturing young women who wore them.

‘Ooohs’ and ‘Ahhhs’ filled the space as each young lady took turns twirling in front of mirrors. Pulling their hair up and down and stepping on tip toes trying to decide the height of the heels they were going to wear it was clear that years of playing dress-up had paid off.

With nothing left to chance, Sara Del Buono of Zuber Reality had her sewing machine on-hand to make any alterations. Knowing the dress is just part of the dream the young ladies could also chose from a selection of accessories; clutches, jewelry and the BJWC also enlisted the help of the non-profit In Ian’s Shoes, who donates new and gently used shoes to people all over the world. With a wide selection of dress shoes the girls were certain to leave with the complete look.

Each of the donated dresses were once the finishing touch to another young girls dreams of what prom should be like. The butterflies she would feel when her date slipped the corsage on her wrist or the way the dress would flow around her as they danced their first slow dance. It is the hope of the Boyertown Junior Women’s Club that these dresses may again make a young girl’s dream of a perfect prom night come true.