Corsage Project 2010

Corsage Project 2010

I learned about the Corsage Project way to late last year to post about it or volunteer. This year I’m on top of my game and I’ve volunteered already. I don’t know why this organization struck a chord with me so much. I went to my prom (I was one of those sole prom goers) and didn’t think much of it. Although it was fun talking to the teaching staff hammered out of my tree. Despite my ambivalent feeling about prom I knew I wanted to help out.

Mission
To provide formal gowns and accessories, free of charge, to Toronto area high school girls who are unable to purchase their own prom attire.

Background
The Corsage Project was founded in 1999 as a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation. The founders believe that every high school girl should have the opportunity to celebrate the milestone of her high school graduation with pride and in style.

Students are identified through confidential referrals from school guidance counselors, Children’s Aid, youth, or social workers. Girls who are referred are formally invited to attend a ‘Boutique Ball’ in May where, assisted by a personal shopper, they select a gown of their choice, and shoes and accessories to match. This special day includes a make-up and hair consultation, a professional portrait, refreshments, and goodie bags.

Thanks to the dedication of our team, volunteers, community & corporate sponsors, we are now able to help 250 girls in the Greater Toronto area.

CORSAGE GIRLS
Are you Eligible?
You may be eligible for a free gown and accessories from The Corsage Project for prom night 2010. Check and see:

* You must be enrolled in a GTA high school and expect to graduate in the Spring of 2010.
* You will need to ask someone in your community (teacher, guidance counsellor, Children’s Aid worker, etc.) to act as your sponsor and put us in touch with you.
* You will need to provide us with your name and a way to get in touch with you.* Please note that the Boutique Ball is not open to the public or media and your privacy will be ensured.

You can apply to be a Corsage Girl on the Corsage Project website. They are still looking for Corporate Sponsorship for The Boutique Ball on Sunday, May 2, 2010. If you aren’t a corporation and still want to help out, you can make a donation to The Corsage Project.

By Anita Clarke

Anita Clarke is an Engineering Storyteller and the founder of the fashion blog “I want – I got.” She was one of the first and most prominent online fashion writers in Toronto and Canada.