Family & Children’s Service’s Third Annual Prom Boutique

Family & Children’s Service to hold Third Annual Prom Boutique
March 30 & 31
Agency Seeking Donations of New & Gently-Used Formal Wear

LONG BRANCH, NJ, February 15, 2012 – Hoping to build on the success of the past two years, Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest non-profit social service agency, is again reaching out to area businesses, organizations and individuals for help with its annual Prom event, “Countless Dresses, Countless Memories.”

The agency is currently accepting donations of new and gently-used dresses, gowns, shoes, purses and other formal wear to offer for sale at the event, which will be held Friday, March 30th from 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31st at the FCS Thrift Boutique in Long Branch. Throughout the sale, shoppers will be able to purchase a gown or dress for $15, or they can purchase a complete ensemble, including dress, shoes and accessories, for just $20.

“Prom night is all about the dress,” says FCS Board Chair Debbie O’Donoghue, “At FCS, we want all young women to attend Prom wearing the dress of their dreams, regardless of income. This event gives those girls whose families may be struggling financially the opportunity to shop for prom without the burden of a hefty price tag.”

Volunteer Services Manager Samantha White says the agency relies on community support to make the event a success. “In the past, dozens of organizations have sponsored dress collection drives in their schools, churches or neighborhoods,” White says. “But that’s only one way to help,” she adds. “This year one of our volunteers has offered to do minor alterations to dresses the day of the sale, and another has offered her services as an image consultant. There are countless ways to contribute.”

Donations for the sale are currently being accepted through Saturday, March 24th at the FCS Thrift Boutique at 307 Branchport Avenue in Long Branch or at the agency’s headquarters at 191 Bath Avenue in Long Branch. Needed items include new or gently used formal gowns and dresses in all sizes, formal shoes and sandals, formal purses and clutches, jewelry and hair accessories. Individuals or organizations interested in launching their own collection drive can download an informational flyer from the agency’s website at For more information, contact Samantha White, FCS Manager of Volunteer Services at (732) 222-9111 extension 152.