PHOTO: Samantha White, FCS Director of Volunteer Services, models one of the formal dresses for sale by Cinderella's Closet of Monmouth County
LONG BRANCH, NJ – FCS (Family & Children’s Service), Monmouth County’s oldest, private nonprofit social service agency and Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting self-esteem among young adults, is offering a special sale of brand new formal dresses and gowns at the agency’s newly opened FCS Thrift Boutique at 604 Second Avenue in Long Branch.
“We are excited to partner with Cinderella’s Closet, an organization whose Mission aligns with our own, to provide a resource to families and individuals who may need to purchase formal wear, but have limited resources,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “The partnership allows us to offer that service, while at the same time, raise funds for programs that address additional needs in the community.”
Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County works to ensure that no high school student has to forfeit the lifelong memories associated with attending their prom due to financial hardship. The organization, which recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, raises funds to distribute free formalwear to more than 350 financially needy high school students each year through its annual Prom Boutique. Of the more 800 dresses donated to this year’s Boutique, 200 were selected for sale to the general public as a way to generate revenue for purchasing much-needed items for next year’s Boutique, including shoes, handbags and jewelry.
“The dresses and gowns we selected for sale are absolutely gorgeous, but may be more appropriate for other special occasions, such as Galas, weddings and quinceneras,” says Cinderella’s Closet Board member Marcella Tomasetta. “We tried to pull some in every size and color, for the widest selection.”
The FCS Thrift Boutique, which recently relocated to 604 Second Avenue in Long Branch, offers new and gently-used men’s and women’s clothing, outerwear, shoes, handbags and accessories, at significantly reduced prices. Since all merchandise is donated, proceeds benefit the agency’s 14 programs and services including homelessness prevention, home care and child literacy programs.
The Boutique is always grateful for donations. Clothing donations may be dropped off at the FCS office at 191 Bath Avenue during regular business hours, or left in the donation bin located in the parking lot at the rear of the property after hours. Due to limited space in the new location, the Boutique no longer carries house wares and therefore cannot accept donations of household items, including table and bed linens. For a complete list of items the Boutique needs, please refer to the agency’s website at www.fcsmonmouth.org/ or call 732-222-9111. Also, please be sure to follow the Boutique on Facebook at www.facebook.com/thethriftboutique for information about store opening days and times and special sales.
About Family & Children’s Service
Family & Children’s Service (FCS) strengthens, protects and preserves the dignity and independence of people in need. With 108 years of history, FCS is the oldest, private nonprofit social service agency in Monmouth County and a leading volunteer organization. Our Mission is to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people at challenging times in their lives. We accomplish this through more than a dozen programs focused on the needs of multiple at-risk populations, including: Adult Protective Services; Jersey Assistance for Community Caregivers (JACC); Healthy Buddies, an intergenerational childhood obesity prevention program; Home Care Services and Homecare Grant Assistance; Medicare Application Assistance Program (MAAP); Operation Sleighbells, a holiday giving program for children; Reading Buddies; an in-school childhood literacy program; Representative Payee, a financial management program for the mentally, developmental and physically disabled; Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Statewide Respite Care, State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), a Medicare counseling service; Telephone Reassurance and the Thrift Boutique. Learn more at www.fcsmonmouth.org
About Cinderella’s Closet
Cinderella's Closet of Monmouth County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting self-esteem among young adults by providing less fortunate high school students in our community the opportunity to attend their prom in style. We seek to raise awareness of the socio-economic differences that exist in the local area, while advocating inclusiveness and diversity. The goal of Cinderella’s Closet of Monmouth County is to ensure that no high school student has to forfeit the lifelong memories associated with attending their prom due to financial hardship. For more information, visit our website at https://www.cinderellasclosetmc.org/mission