OperationProm Holds Successful Prom Dress Give-away at City Hall

OperationProm Holds Successful Prom Dress Give-away at Hartford City Hall

Left to right are Hartford City Councilmen Joel Cruz and Kyle Anderson, student Carolyn Infantas, Joseph Victor of Beverly Hills Limousine, Richard Dorval of Men's Wearhouse, Attorney Jeffrey Dressler from MegaEducation, and Armand Perez from Digimed/OperationProm.

Operation PROM had an amazing day at City Hall in Hartford!   The group of volunteers made a lot of girls leave smiling on Saturday, April 6th. The event was supported by the City of Hartford, City Councilmen Joel Cruz and Kyle Anderson, and Hartford Public Schools.  Many volunteers from Operation Prom, the City of Hartford and Hartford Public Schools helped Operation Prom give dresses to over 50 girls from 16 Hartford Public Schools' high schools.  The girls also received an accessory of their choice.

Coucilman Cruz said, "The City Coucil unanimously passed the resolution to offer our chambers to OperationProm.  We are here for our constituents for all things, and positive events like this are so important to support."  

Councilman Anderson thanked OperationProm and the Board of Education and all of the event sponsors. He re-iterated that it is so important to support positive events like this.

OperationProm's generous, fabulous volunteers from Hartford Public Schools and the City of Hartford.

Joseph Victor from Beverly Hills Limousine partnered with MegaEducation to give away two free Prom Limo Packages to one boy and one girl.  Attorney Jeffrey Dressler of MegaEducation mentioned jokingly that Joseph Victor has a speech impediment, "When asked for a donation, he can't say ,'No!'"

Attorney Dressler saluted Noel D'Allacio, the Founder of OperationProm and recognized her as a visionary who realizes that prom comes with a price tag, and Noel allows all students to enjoy this important life event.

Volunteers Shelly from City Hall and Antoinette Holliday from Hartford Public Schools enjoy preparing the dresses.

Richard Dorval of Men's Wearhouse also attended the event.  Men's Wearhouse will be donating tuxedo rental vouchers to two boys at each of our 16 high schools.  Operation Prom and Men's Wearhouse worked directly with our schools' counselors to identify students in good standing who deserve beautiful prom-wear for their special night.  Mr Doval said, "It is an honor to be a part of this event.  Students should not be impeded from attending prom no matter what goes on at home."  He also talked about the Men's Wearhouse DRESS FOR SUCCESS etiquette training program they offer free of charge to high school students.  Mr. Dorval is devoted to providing this training to students at all 16 of our high schools during the next year.

Councilman Anderson said, "It is so important to go back to basics with our teenagers.  We can help young people understand the norms of society, to learn how to be successful with etiquette, business-like behavior, and dressing for success."

Volunteers from Hartford Public Schools, Clare Kennedy and Susan Bassett who spent hours happily helping girls pick out their favorite dresses, flank Jeffrey Dressler of MegaEducation.

The Julio Lozada Scholarship Foundation also donated two tuxedo rental vouchers for our deserving high school students.  You can learn more about the foundation here.

Student spokewoman from Hartford Public Schools, Carolyn Infantas, a senior at the Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences at HPHS said, "I am grateful to OperationProm for the wonderful thing they do for students in Hartford."  She hopes this initiative can grow globally.  The well-spoken Ms. Infantas will graduate this June and will matriculate to Manchester Community College where she will pursue a degree in nursing.

Hartford Public Schools' Tamara Mitchell (center) brought her daughters to help for the day.

Hartford Public Schools thanks Armand Perez of Digimed who organized and managed the event for OperationProm.  We hope to invite them back next year.


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