Last Thursday, hundreds of young ladies from PAL centers around the City were treated to a memorable shopping experience; as the Cozen PAL Prom Boutique was “open for business” for the eighth straight year. The Cozen PAL Center in Francisville was transformed into a full-service boutique. Nearly 1,000 dresses lined the gym, shoes and accessories were plentiful, dozens volunteers were on hand to serve as personal shopping assistants, and professional cosmetologists provided girls with tricks of the trade.
During this one-night-only shopping spree, girls were able to “shop” for new and gently used dresses and accessories for the upcoming prom season – all at no cost! Every girl in attendance took home a dress, shoes, accessories, and makeup kits. Through a partnership with Cozen O’Connor and Cardinal O’Hara High School, new and gently used dresses are collected year round, and then are made available to young ladies on this special evening. The goal of the event is to help girls from all walks of life reduce the cost burden associated with prom, and to help make each young lady feel beautiful.
Nancy Rounbehler of Cozen O’Connor, who dreamed up the event after a conversation with a young girl’s mother about the hardships of finding money for prom expenses, has organized the event with the help of Linda Wert of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for the past 8 years.
“It gives me great joy to know that the beautiful dresses and accessories we collect are loved and cherished by our PAL girls. Their excitement as they shop and look through the racks and racks of dresses is truly a sight to see. It’s a labor of love and I am happy to be a part of it,” said Rounbehler.
PAL thanks all of the dress donors, volunteers, and supporters who make this event an unforgettable one each year. Special thanks to Cozen O’Connor, Cardinal O’Hara, Nancy Rounbehler, Linda Wert, Lyn Strickler, Dress Up Time, Bluemercury, Boyd’s, Evantine Design, Independence Blue Cross, Wawa, and Delaware Investments for their support of PAL’s mission of “Cops Helping Kids.”