April 26, 2019 -- Westchester County Executive George Latimer is proud to announce the 15th annual Operation Prom Dress and Tuxedo Giveaway at Westchester County Center in White Plains, giving students the opportunity to attend prom wearing designer clothing, who otherwise might not be able to afford it. The dress and tuxedo giveaway will run from Friday, April 26 through Sunday, April 28.

County Executive George Latimer said: “The Senior Prom is something that students look forward to through four years of High School. It’s a rite of passage, and an occasion that should be a special memory for everyone. Unfortunately, the cost of prom tickets and formal attire can wind up costing hundreds of dollars. Operation Prom provides thousands of young women and men the chance to go to their dream prom in style.”

This is the 15th year that the dress and tuxedo giveaway has been hosted at the County Center, with dozens of students lining up to try on colorful prom dresses, sparkling shoes and head-to-toe accessories. For young men, tuxedos will be provided on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or while supplies last.

Commissioner of the Department of Social Services Kevin McGuire said: “Every young person should go to their Prom. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the clothes to attend. Operation Prom was created so that young people could find that special dress or jacket they need. The best part of Operation Prom are that the clothes are not second-hand or "gently used." These garments were donated from some of the finest stores and designers. Hopefully, this will make the young person's experience of their Prom to be something that will be fondly remembered.”

Operation Prom was created in 2005 by Yonkers native Noel D’Allacco. She developed the dress drive concept when she discovered many of her friends were storing old bridesmaid dresses, and dresses from other special occasions, after wearing them just one time.

For more information about Operation Prom, how to volunteer and how to donate, please visit http://operationprom.org.