The large turn out at Senator Kevin Parker’s 11th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway last Saturday, May 5, was a clear indication that the initiative continues to motivate youth, who had an exciting time picking out formal attire for prom night, before heading off to college.
The bottom level of Samuel J Tilden High School campus, on Tilden Avenue, was abuzz with activity as young ladies selected pretty prom dresses, jewelry, stylish footwear, and had their hair styled, and nails manicured.
The young men in turn, had a wide selection of neckties, shirts slacks, as well as suit jackets, tuxedo, and accessories to choose from. This was all made possible due to the partnerships forged with Sen. Parker’s office to make the event a success.
The politician said he was delighted to host the 11th Prom dress giveaway, noting that attending the proms could be very costly, particularly for families with young ladies, adding that parents pay upwards of $1000, for prom preparation, and as such, he thought it necessary to start the program that has grown over the years.
For this, he thanked Macy’s department store, Show Dazzle, Sesame Flyers,, Karen’s Body Beautiful, K Nail Paint, Shantoria Amee, and Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow, media partners WLIB/Hot 107, and Tropical Paradise Restaurant, and others, for their support.
Sen. Parker, who sponsors numerous initiatives, including a backpack giveaway during the summer season, and community outreach programs in health, education, and community giveback, to support his 21st Senate District constituency of East Flatbush, Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington, and Boro Park, thanked the Brooklyn-based Alpha Kappa Delta Sorority, Inc. and Delta Rho Omega Chapter for their continued partnership.
Carol-Ann Huggins, chairperson of Delta Omega, said the group started a dress drive in the month of March. A collection of footwear and accessories, were also donated to Senator’s office.
She pointed out that the attractive display at the kiosk showcasing the history, and the great work of the group, helped to introduce young ladies to sorority life.
Yani Deconescu, director of strategy initiatives, Opportunities For A Better Tomorrow (OBT) — a youth program that builds careers through confidence, discipline, and professionalism — said he was pleased to partner with Sen. Parker for the second year, to dress young men with suits and tuxedo for the prom.
The engaging event which also provided snacks was exceptionally helpful to the youths who left with bags of goodies, gift, and flyers to keep them informed.
Sen. Parker is inviting anyone who unfortunately, was unable to attend the event, to call Raven Robinson in his office — 718-629-6401, to request available ensemble.