The Brookhaven Town ‘s Youth Bureau Prom Boutique provides free dresses to graduating seniors who otherwise would not be able to afford one due to financial constraints. Ladies are outfitted with a gown and other accessories that are theirs to keep.
This year, the town got a generous donation from the Macy’s Department Store at Smith Haven Mall of 1,800 new dresses for the program. Last week, Councilman Kevin LaValle visited store to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Macy’s associates Arlene Famoso, Personal Stylist and Michelle Mastermaker, Director of Operations and Visual Merchandising for the donation.
“At Macy's, giving back is in our DNA and we want to create as much positive impact as possible in our community,” said Mastermaker in a statement. “When our communities are hurting, Macy's shows up. With creativity and compassion, our stores team up with organizations to find the best way to respond to each situation.”
In addition to the dresses, the Youth Bureau Prom Boutique offers qualifying students handbags and costume jewelry, as well as make up and fragrances. Recipients are kept strictly confidential.
Councilman LaValle thanked Macy’s for the donation that will be more appreciated now with COVID-19 adding even more stress and hardship to locals.
“There are some retailers that come through every time we ask for help, and Macy’s Smith Haven Mall is one of them,” he said. “Times are tough for many families and a prom gown is a big expense.”
Next year the Prom Boutique is scheduled to be open from mid-March 2021 through mid-June with days of the week and times to be determined.
To learn more about the program, contact the Youth Bureau online or call them at 631-451-8011.