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Cozen PAL Prom BoutiquePAL girl has her makeup done
 
Last Thursday, young women from various PAL centers across Philadelphia shopped for prom dresses at the Cozen PAL Prom Boutique. Hosted by Cozen O’Connor for the third year, this fun event allows high school girls to choose from a variety of donated dresses, shoes, purses and accessories. The young ladies also received helpful fashion tips and instructions on how to properly apply makeup and care for their skin.

Nancy Rounbehler of Cozen O'Connor with PAL young lady

 

Cozen O’Connor and Archbishop Carroll High School collected new and gently used dresses for underprivileged girls throughout the year. During prom season, the Prom Dress Drive culminates in a complete “prom shopping experience” for hundreds of PAL girls. Volunteers from Cozen O’Connor, Independence Blue Cross and Archbishop Carroll High School assisted the girls throughout the evening. Transportation, gowns, accessories and makeup were all provided to the young ladies free of charge.  

Nancy Rounbehler of Cozen O’Connor, Rizzo PAL alumna and founder of the Prom Dress Drive, says, “Three years ago while attending a meeting at Cozen PAL, a mother asked me if I could help her daughter get a prom dress. Of course I said yes, but had no idea where to start.

Independence Blue Cross Blue Crew

I asked my daughter who attends an all girls private school, if she could help me get “gently” used dresses. I also called the school and asked if we could start a dress drive as a service project for the girls, and they agreed. I then called the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and that’s how I got in touch with Archbishop Carroll High School. They had already collected dresses and were looking for a place to donate. The rest is history!”

Thanks to Nancy and all of PAL’s committed volunteers for making the Prom Dress Boutique such a special experience!

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