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Making Dreams Come True

To jumpstart a new program called the Fairytale Boutique, ECU’s Volunteer and Service-Learning Center is seeking donations of new and gently used prom gowns, formal dresses, shoes and accessories to distribute to young women in the community who are unable to purchase their own prom attire.

Jessica L. Gagne, student engagement specialist at the center, said, “Our goal is to give young women the opportunity to participate in their prom regardless of financial circumstances.”

Organizers plan to collect dresses until storage space runs out, and then invite 50 to 75 women to come in and pair with volunteer “personal shoppers,” who will help them select a dress and accessories to take home at no cost.

Gagne said referrals for boutique participants will come primarily from Pitt County schools.

“Our most critical needs are the dresses and accessories,” Gagne said. “The sooner we boost our inventory, the sooner we can open the boutique.”

Donations can be brought to 1605 Old Cafeteria Complex, or donors may call 328-2735 for pickup. For more information, contact Gagne at


This page originally appeared in the Jan. 25, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at