Back for another year, the 15th annual Corsage Project’s Boutique Ball is set to takeover the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at the Toronto Reference Library on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Filled with stunning dresses, shoes, and accessories that are all donated brand new, the Boutique Ball offers young women who would be otherwise unable to attend their high school proms (due to financial barriers) the opportunity to feel beautiful both inside and out. Young men are also given this opportunity at private appointments with participating stores.
The Corsage Project is currently looking for Boutique Ball volunteers who will be assigned varying roles the day-of including personal shopping assistant, change room attendant, and shoes and accessories attendant.
This opportunity offers volunteers a rare one-on-one experience that is not only feel-good but long lasting. Several Foundation staff members have participated in the past and consider this event one of the most memorable. Kristy, a former young person in care, was a Corsage recipient. She discusses why this experience was so meaningful in her life, saying:
“I had it in my head that I wouldn’t be going to prom because I just simply couldn’t afford the dress, shoes, and everything else to go with it – and of course in high school you don’t want to be that one girl with all of the cheap stuff… I had my own personal stylist as I tried on dresses and told her exactly what I wanted, and I felt like a star. I went to my prom and had an amazing time — just like every other girl — and thanks to Project Corsage I looked pretty good doing it.”
*Please note: Volunteers must be 18+ for the Boutique Ball shifts on Sunday, April 19th although high school students are able to volunteer for set up (accompanied by an adult) on Saturday, April 18th. Men are welcome to volunteer at the Boutique Ball although would not take on the role of changing room attendant or personal shopper.