25 for 25: A Prom Wardrobe that Works

We’ve pledged to donate our time giving back to our community as part of our 25th Anniversary and 25 for 25 efforts. Over the weekend, a group of DGWBers helped Working Wardrobes outfit about 150 local high school students for the biggest night of their life: prom.

Working Wardrobes’ annual “Dream Girls and Distinguished Gentlemen” event at the Hilton Irvine drew about 400 volunteers, of which we were proudly counted among.

We love Working Wardrobes. It’s is an Orange County-based non-profit that empowers men, women, young adults and veterans to overcome life’s challenges and confidently enter the workforce. Volunteers provide career training, job placement assistance and wardrobe services.

Numerous deserving Orange County students are invited to this event each year to get outfitted for and walk away with the prom night ensemble of their dreams. The best part is, all of these articles of clothing were donated.

We can all relate to the excitement that comes with being a high school senior as prom night approaches. Sadly, however, with this rite of passage comes a hefty price tag that not everyone can afford. Thankfully, this Working Wardrobes event provides these teens with an opportunity to select their own dresses, tuxes, shoes, and accessories, and even attend life-transforming workshops.

Being surrounded by students with fewer resources than most — but who are still going to college on scholarships to pursue their dreams — was very touching. We can’t wait to do it again.


Learn more about how we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary by improving ourselves and our community in 2013!

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