Belle of the Ball – Boutique Day


various colorful prom dresses on a clothing rack

TOCCI volunteers in Belle of the Ball Boutique Day

Anton’s Cleaners founded the Belle of the Ball program in 2005 with a mission of ensuring that local high school juniors and seniors who otherwise would be unable to afford a dress can attend their high school proms feeling beautiful and confident. Unlike other prom gown drives, this program culminates with a day-long boutique where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering. The program has grown from outfitting fewer than 100 girls at the boutique day to inviting more than 500 young ladies.

On Saturday, April 11th, Tocci Employees, Joanne Castner, Bryan Mah, Tammi Gott, and three of Tammi’s friends, volunteered at the Belle of the Ball Boutique Day which took place at Simmons College. Most of the time was spent sorting and returning dresses to the racks. A number of volunteers were fortunate to assist some of the young girls as personal shoppers by guiding them through the process of picking out their dresses, shoes, and clutch. Bryan made sure to snap a photo with some of the Bruins Ice Girls who were also there volunteering.

Bryan taking a photo with some of the Bruins Ice Girls who were also there volunteering
Tammi reflects on her experience:

Prom can be such a magical fairy-tale-like night for a young woman. Many young women cannot enjoy that fairy-tale feeling due to monetary circumstances beyond their control. I had the privilege of volunteering at the Belle of the Ball and making their fairy-tale dreams come true by helping to enhance their beauty for their ball. I assisted them in picking out and trying on gorgeous, donated prom dresses. Then it was on to accessorizing them with handbags, jewelry, and makeup instruction. The smile on their faces was priceless, every girl should be able to experience feeling like Cinderella on their prom night.