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Prom Dress Donation Drive

The City of Cortland Youth Bureau’s Youth Center is proud to announce the expansion of our 5th annual Prom Dress Donation Drive.  The Youth Center is seeking donations of men’s formalwear, formal dresses, jewelry, shoes and purses that are in new or “like new” condition.  Since its inception the program has provided dresses and accessories to more than two hundred young girls in our community.  The overwhelming support from community members has made a significant impact on these teens.  This will be our first year distributing formalwear to young men.

The donated items will be distributed to Cortland area teens at Cortland Prom Closet Giveaways to be held this spring.  Teens in our community will be welcome to attend giveaways for their formalwear needs free of charge.  For a small donation dress alterations will be available to girls who receive their gown through the program.  Cortland Prom Closet Giveaways will be held at the CYB Youth Center on April 6 from 9 am to 12 pm and April 24 both from 3 to 8 pm. Students who cannot attend one of these giveaways are encouraged to schedule an appointment.

We have a significant need for men’s formalwear.  Community members interested in donating formalwear or accessories can drop items off during regular business hours from 9 am until 5 pm at the CYB main office or the CYB Youth Center, 35 Port Watson St.  Monetary donations are also welcome and are used to cover expenses such as purchasing display racks and supplemental inventory in sizes not collected during donation drives.  Interested business owners looking to partner with our program are encouraged to contact the City of Cortland Youth Bureau.

We very much value your contribution to our community; your donation makes a huge difference.  Contact Erica Danega at (607) 753-3021 ext. 26 with any questions, to donate your time or to schedule a dress pickup.