BATAVIA- Prom season is approaching, and CHIP IN Batavia is gearing up for its fifth annual Prom Dress Giveaway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Mar. 16 at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.
More than 400 dresses will be on display, as well as accessories and private dressing rooms. A seamstress will also be avaiable to help with alterations.
All of the dresses are free to girls from any school district, regardless of need. CHIP IN Batavia's mission is to help students in need, but because of the "prohibitive cost" of prom, the organization will offer all girls one free dress, according to a CHIP IN Batavia news release.
Monetary donations are appreciated, and will be used to pay for tuxedo rentals and prom tickets. The library is also the collection site for donated dresses, purses, jewelry, shoes, unopened make up and other accessories, and items can be dropped off at the check out desk between Feb. 1 and Mar. 15. Donated dresses should be clean and in excellent condition, and tax donation letters will be available.
Last year, CHIP IN gave away more than 200 dresses to students from Batavia, Mooseheart, St. Charles, Geneva, Elgin, Aurora, Rosary, Jacobs, North Central College, Yorkville, Chicago and Naperville. Over 300 more dresses were also given to Rotolo Middle School for the 8th grade dinner dance, and to the Batavia Interfaith Clothes Closet, Wayside Ministries, East Aurora High School, and My Daughters Dress Prom Drive and All Dressed Up.
CHIP IN Batavia (Community Helpers Impacting People in Need) is a restricted fund within the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, a 501-c-3 not for profit organization.áIts mission is to help students in need, who are homeless or intransitional housing, or on free/reduced lunch. For more information, visit chipinbatavia.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.