Submitted by Oswego County BOCES
The G. Ray Bodley High School ninth annual Bodley Sweet Boutique will be open for business 5 to 8 p.m. April 3 and 4 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 5 in the high school cafeteria.
The boutique will have brand new and gently worn formal and semi-formal dresses for sale for only $25 each, perfect for the prom or senior dinner dance.
All money from the dress sale will benefit the local food pantry.
Allyson Fiordimalva, Bodley Sweet Boutique organizer and teacher at Bodley, said the Boutique was first organized to provide an opportunity for girls who wanted to go to prom but needed to find an affordable dress.
However, the Boutique also meets the need of those who do not want to spend upwards of $500 or more for a dress they will mostly likely wear only once.
Add to that the community service aspect, where all proceeds from the sale will be donated to the food pantry, and that makes the Boutique “a win-win situation for all,” said Fiodimalva.
“You can save money on your dress and help feed local families who are experiencing tough times,” she said.
The Boutique, which has more than 150 dresses to choose from, will be set up in the high school cafeteria. Many of the dresses are brand new and have been generously donated by local businesses.
Some dresses have been gently loved and worn once for prom or ball.
Again this year, organizers are asking for donations of dresses, bags, shoes, etc. in all shapes, colors and sizes and are encouraging the area’s young ladies (especially senior and junior girls) to donate gently used dresses and accessories and to check out the sale.
Any donations can be made to Allyson Fiordimalva, Jennifer Reese or Becky Crucitti at Bodley.
Because choosing the perfect prom dress is one of those magical moments in a young woman’s life, the Boutique is open to the public evenings and on Saturday to allow family members to come with the dress shopper to help them select that perfect dress.
Some shoes, accessories and jewelry will also be available to complete the outfit. Changing rooms will be available for trying on dresses.