Long Branch, NJ, March 10, 2011 – Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest non-profit agency, is enlisting the services and expertise of local businesses, organizations and individuals with this year’s annual Prom event, “Countless Dresses, Countless Memories.”  Dozens of dresses, shoes and accessories have been donated to the agency in recent weeks, and more donations are expected before the week-long sale begins Saturday, April 2 at the FCS Thrift Boutique in Long Branch.

Samantha White, FCS Manager of Volunteer Services, Michael Conte & Janice Conte, owners of Darla's Cleaners and Christine Misita, Manager of the FCS Thrift Boutique

“We’ve had a great response from the community,” says FCS Volunteer Services Manager Samantha White. “A number of organizations have downloaded the information from our website and are sponsoring dress drives in their school or church. We expect to have a great selection of merchandise on hand when our doors open on the second.”

During the event, young shoppers will be able to purchase a prom gown or dress for $15, or they can purchase a complete ensemble, including dress, shoes and accessories, for just $20. The girls can shop with confidence, knowing all of the merchandise will be clean, thanks to Long Branch business owners Michael and Janice Conte.  The two own Darla’s Cleaners on Branchport Avenue, located directly across the street from the Thrift Boutique, and have agreed to dry clean the donated dresses for free.

“We wanted to do something to help support the agency,” Michael said. “It’s a great organization and this is something that we are happy to do.”

White says other groups have also offered to pitch in. Volunteers from the area Old Navy stores will be at the store the day before the event to help set up, transforming a section of the Thrift Boutique into a prom spectacle.

Unlike similar events held throughout the area, every girl is welcome to shop at the Prom Boutique, regardless of income.

Donations for the sale are still being accepted through Saturday, March 26th at the FCS Thrift Boutique at 307 Branchport Avenue in Long Branch or at the agency’s headquarters at 191 Bath Avenue in Long Branch. Needed items include new or gently used formal gowns and dresses in all sizes, formal shoes and sandals, formal purses and clutches, jewelry and hair accessories.

For more information, contact Samantha White, Manager of Volunteer Services at (732) 222-9111 extension 152.