DelVal students collect more than 500 dresses to help area girls attend prom
Apr 29, 2014
Nia Rametta ’16, a Delaware Valley College student, is leading a college club that has so far, collected more than 500 prom dresses to donate to girls. The club, Becca’s Closet, is inviting high school girls to campus Saturday, May 3 to choose prom dresses and accessories. Girls will be able to choose prom looks at no charge in Moumgis Auditorium, located in the College’s Student Center, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dressing rooms will be set up so that girls can try on options. The first 65 guests will also be receiving gift bags with beauty samples.
“This is our first year and we want to try to help as many girls as we can," said Rametta. "Prom is one thing that I think every high school girl looks forward to so, no one should have to miss out on that experience. To not be able to go because of a financial situation instead of choosing not to go is upsetting and I think every girl should be able to go.”
Becca’s Closet is a national group that donates formal attire to deserving high school girls who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend their schools’ military balls, homecomings and proms. When Rametta was involved in a Becca’s Closet chapter as a high school student in Stroudsburg, Pa., she noticed girls were coming from all over to get dresses.
“Girls would go to one an hour and a half away,” said Rametta. “That’s why I wanted to bring one to Doylestown, because there aren’t many options close by.”
She founded DelVal’s chapter, which became an official college club this year.
Two other DelVal cheerleaders Gabrielle Spadaccia ’16, and Briana Manns ’16 are serving on the executive planning team with Rametta.
Rametta wants to help at least 50-60 high school girls who otherwise couldn’t afford to go to prom. To promote the event, she has been reaching out to school districts in Doylestown, Quakertown, and outside of Philadelphia. Rametta will be taking donations of dresses, purses, shoes, wraps, and other prom accessories up to the day of the event. Dresses that aren’t used at this event will be stored for next year.
Her goal is to continue the drive as an annual event and possibly add a homecoming event as well. She said the most rewarding part of being involved with Becca’s Closet is meeting the girls.
“Seeing the girls who truly deserve a dress light up as soon as they put on a dress they end up choosing is always a good feeling,” said Rametta.
How to Help:
People can donate dresses and accessories at the event itself or, email Nia Rametta at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time to drop off a donation in advance. Dresses should be less than five years old, cleaned, and without stains. Bridal gowns, tuxedos, and summer dresses will not be accepted.
How to Attend:
High school girls who need a dress for prom from any area are welcome to come to the event to choose one. Students do not need to sign up in advance. Please bring a high school ID. The College is located at 700 East Butler Avenue in Doylestown, Pa. Girls who want to share photos in their gowns are welcome to email them to email@example.com or tweet them using #DelValBeccasCloset.