Last weekend, 320 at-risk and low-income teens and foster youth in Santa Ana received the star treatment for a day. Through the collaboration of Girls Incorporated of Orange County, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work), and Orange Coast College, the young women were treated to a day of no cost pre-prom shopping, image consulting and self-empowerment workshops
Aptly called Belle of the Ball, the event was made possible through partnerships and support of companies including UPS, Alfred Angelo Nikki Prom Collection, Enzoani Love 16, Mariposa Boutique, DSW, Physicians Formula, and Cookie Lee.
Thanks to contributions from the Orange County community and the assistance of more than 250 volunteers, the girls selected from 3,254 dresses, more than 1,700 pieces of jewelry, 1,100 pairs of shoes and 400 make-up kits.
The teenagers also underwent a body image workshop, a private consultation on skin care and make-up application, and a wellness yoga class designed to alleviate stress.
One of the attendees, 17-year-old Rachel, said she was excited to be a part of the program. "Belle of the Ball offered me the opportunity of a lifetime. When you first realize that there are good people in the world who truly care about you, your life changes forever."
Since 2007, Belle of the Ball has served more than 1,000 teens in providing homecoming and prom dresses for a special and magical evening.
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