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Say yes to the dress at prom boutique collection

With spring right around the corner, Nassau Community College and the Long Island Volunteer Center are asking women to donate dresses, shoes and accessories for their 26th annual Prom Boutique.

The organizers of the Prom Boutique are seeking new and gently-used prom dresses, bridesmaid dresses and accessories, including dressy shoes, evening bags and costume jewelry, which will be distributed at no cost to assist thousands of young Long Island women in need to attend their proms, awards ceremonies or graduations.

Created by the Junior League of Long Island in 1995, the Prom Boutique was added to the array of community service projects at the Long Island Volunteer Center in 1999.

Nassau Community College has been involved and hosted the event for the past 16 years. Students in its fashion and marketing program create a pop-up retail store, enabling students to apply the marketing, retailing and visual display concepts they learn in the classroom to create a major event benefiting the community.

Here are the drop-off locations that are accepting dresses through March 1:

  • A.T. Stewart Exchange and The Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City
  • Bee Reporting Agency in Rockville Centre
  • CYO of Long Island in Hicksville
  • Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop in Roslyn
  • Sip This in Valley Stream
  • Somerset Gardens Senior Living in Plainview
  • St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Port Jefferson Station
  • Westy Self-Storage in Lake Success and East Northport

For more information about Long Island Volunteer Center’s Prom Boutique, visit

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