The FCS Thrift Boutique is partnering with Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting self-esteem among young adults, to offer a special sale of new formal dresses and gowns at the Boutique’s new location at 604 Second Avenue in Long Branch.
“We are excited to partner with Cinderella’s Closet, an organization whose Mission closely aligns with our own,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “The partnership allows us to provide a valuable resource to budget-minded families and individuals, while at the same time, raise funds for essential programs and services that serve the most vulnerable in our community.”
Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County works to ensure that no high school student has to forfeit the lifelong memories associated with attending their prom due to financial hardship. The organization, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, raises funds to distribute free formal wear to more than 350 financially needy high school students each year through its annual Prom Boutique. Of the more 800 dresses donated to this year’s Boutique, 200 were selected for sale to the general public as a way to generate revenue for purchasing much-needed items for next year’s Boutique, including shoes, handbags and jewelry.
“The dresses and gowns we selected for sale are absolutely gorgeous, but may be more appropriate for other special occasions, such as Galas, weddings and quinceneras,” says Cinderella’s Closet Board member Marcela Tomasetta. “We tried to pull some in every size and color, for the widest selection.”
The FCS Thrift Boutique, which recently relocated to 604 Second Avenue in Long Branch, offers new and gently-used men’s and women’s clothing, outerwear, shoes, handbags and accessories, at significantly reduced prices. Since all merchandise is donated, proceeds benefit the agency’s 14 programs and services including homelessness prevention, home care and child literacy programs.
The Boutique welcomes donations. Clothing donations may be dropped off at the FCS office at 191 Bath Avenue during regular business hours, or left in the donation bin located in the parking lot at the rear of the property after hours. Due to limited space in the new location, the Boutique no longer carries house wares and therefore cannot accept donations of household items, including table and bed linens. For a complete list of items the Boutique needs, please refer to the agency’s website at www.fcsmonmouth.org/ or call 732-222-9111. Also, please be sure to follow the Boutique on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thethriftboutique for information about store opening days and times and special sales.