The Ruby Room, a Seattle non-profit boutique, provides free formal gowns to teens whose families are struggling financially. It will hold several Saturday boutique events this spring at which Seattle high school students can select a prom gown and accessories, all free of charge. The dates appear below.
“We have thousands of gowns in all sizes and colors that will flatter every body type,” says Nyla Bittermann, director of the Ruby Room. “If you’re looking for the latest in prom fashion, you’ll find it in our boutique. And best of all, it’s free.”
Seattle Press asked Ruby's representative Jaime whether the gowns were loans or gifts. The answer: "The gowns are gifts to teens whose families are struggling financially. When they make an appointment to come to the boutique, they get to select a dress, matching jewelry, shoes, handbag and even a wrap - all for free. They do not need to bring the items back.
"When I tell the teens they can select all of the above items and not pay a dime," Jaime added, "the look on their faces is priceless. We're talking about girls who are on free- or reduced-lunch programs at school who don't regularly get new clothes, let alone a prom dress and all the accessories."
If you or someone you know needs a gown, you may email email@example.com to schedule an appointment. Include your name, phone number, high school and date of the dance.
The Ruby Room is currently accepting monetary and accessory donations such as jewelry, shoes and handbags. Visit www.rubyroomseattle.org for more information.
The Ruby Room provides formal attire to teens in financial need, enabling them to participate in their high school community. The organization also provides leadership and education through volunteer opportunities and workshops.
The Ruby Room was founded in 2002 by Nyla Bittermann (Jordan) and Kristen Corning. It all started with 8 volunteers working out of an office in Queen Anne and is now going strong on Capital Hill with over 100 volunteers.
2009 Boutique dates are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays. Appointments are required.
April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 30, June 6. Note: No boutique on May 23.