Enzoani Teams Up with Local Charities for “Belle of the Ball”
Helping Young Women Improve Body Image Through Dress Donations
26 Mar 2014
Every year we strive to give back to the local community through various events such as yearly food drives and participating in Adopt-A-Family during the holiday season. Having worked with the charity in the past, we saw "Belle of the Ball" as a great opportunity to contribute 500 unused gowns to an organization that strives to empower young girls in the local community. With this donation, we hope to make prom dreams come true!
We are very excited to participate in Belle of the Ball 2014, which occurs on March 22nd. This is the first time that WHW/M2W will be partnering with a local business, and we are proud to say that this is the largest donation they have received yet. Belle of the Ball is a yearly collaborative event hosted by WHW, Orange Coast College, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, and Girls Incorporated. This event provides low-income, at-risk teens and foster youth a day of cost-free prom shopping and essential self-empowerment workshops focused on self-image and body awareness and employment readiness. Since 2008, Belle of the Ball has served over 1,300 at-risk teens throughout all of Orange County! Please visit http://www.whw.org/belle-of-the-ball for more information.
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Lizet Cajas went through "Belle of the Ball" and recalled her experience with the program, "I remember being fearful that I wouldn’t find a dress or that the dresses would all look horrible on me. But surprisingly, the first dress I tried on fit like a glove! I came out of the dressing room to a crowd of cheering personal shoppers; they made me feel like a princess! I will never forget that moment; I felt like the prettiest girl in the room, which was a feeling I had never felt before. I was then allowed to select shoes, jewelry and a purse and before I knew it, I was ready to attend my first high school dance! Although this was a one day event, it had a lasting effect on me... I attended my senior prom in my perfect dress with a new found self-confidence.” Lizet went on to become a volunteer coordinator for WHW, and she is now inspiring other young women to build their self confidence throught this event.
“Belle of the Ball helped me find the voice inside that tells me that I am successful despite what others say or think of me because of my color and sex.” - Isabel, age 16, Belle of the Ball recipient
More information about the individual organizations:
Girls Inc.® of Orange County positively changes the lives of 4,500 girls, ages 4 1/2 to 18, each year, by providing year-round holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Girls Inc. of Orange County has been a respected member of the non-profit community for almost 60 years. The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. We put our mission into practice through the Girls Inc. experience that equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and grow into healthy, educated and independent adults. For more information, please visit www.girlsinc-oc.org.
Orangewood Children’s Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1981. Our mission is to provide life-changing programs and one-on-one support for abused and neglected children and at-risk families to end the cycle of child abuse. Our programs focus on the areas of education, supportive services, life-stage transition and child abuse prevention. Support for our programs is based on our successful outcomes due to our extensive understanding of the needs of our clients and effective partnerships with public and private organizations. In our history we have helped over 74,000 kids find their wings and soar. Beyond our programs, for thousands in our communities Orangewood means “family,” “opportunity” and “hope.” Learn how you can help at www.orangewoodfoundation.org.
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Orange Coast College, founded in 1947, is one of the nation's top transfer schools. For combined transfers to the UC/CSU system, OCC ranks #1 in Orange County. With a student population of 25,000, OCC provides exemplary programs leading to Associate in Arts degrees, Associate in Science degrees, and 135 career programs, including one of the nation’s largest and most acclaimed public nautical programs. In addition, the College offers more than 20 men's and women's sports, full student government, and on-campus arts and entertainment. The college's 164-acre campus is located in the heart of Costa Mesa. For complete details about OCC, visit www.orangecoastcollege.edu.
WHW is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide comprehensive employment support services to empower disadvantaged men, women and teens to achieve economic self sufficiency through employment success and who has served over 40,000 clients since 1993. WHW’s 20 year Employment Success Program includes resume and interviewing skills, workshops, computer classes, job placement, image consulting, professional clothing appropriate for interviews and transportation services. Supported by over 1000 volunteers and United Way, WHW’s services are always at no charge or obligation to clients and referring non-profit partners. For more information on WHW and its Employment Success Program, go to www.whw.org.