It took a village to make attending prom easier for some students


To the editor:

On Saturday, May 19, Princeton High School had their “Under the Stars” Prom, and a group of kids in our community, who otherwise would not have been able to attend, did just that.

This was due to the generosity of donors to Princeton Children’s Fund and the hard work and coordination of their Secretary Felicia Spitz with the help of Lilliana Morenilla and Debbie Bronfeld and many others.

In total, they collected more than 50 gently used prom dresses from all over the state; over 20 pairs of shoes and many accessories. Melissa Urias at Princeton Human Services hosted the boutique at Monument Drive where the dresses and shoes were displayed. The students were able to stop in, try on dresses, and leave with a dress and shoes that they loved.

Local businesses Noble Nails and Grit+Polish donated manicures and La Meche and Casa Aziz donated hair-styling and makeup. Additionally, Princeton Tuxedo extended a significantly-reduced rate tuxedo rental fee for the young men. In total, PCF helped 20 students attend prom this year by assisting with the tickets, dresses, tuxedos, and more.

The remaining dresses and shoes were delivered to Monique Jones at John Witherspoon Middle School. Ms. Jones, Parent Education & Community Outreach Coordinator, has the pop-up boutique in her office in preparation for eighth grade graduation. PrincetonChildren¹s Fund is currently collecting gently-used young mens’ dress clothing to round out the offerings for graduation.

Felicia summed it up best, saying “it does take a village and Princeton is a wonderful place!” Thank you PCF!

Wendy Regina-Vasquez