On January 23, OPERATION PROM hosted their 10th Anniversary Prom Gala at Life, The Place to Be, in Ardsley, New York. Over 225 guests were decked out in Prom dresses andtuxedos at this Prom themed celebration.
Online PR News – 25-January-2014 – New York – The red carpet was filled with Westchester's finest Society and Philanthropists. The event was hosted by New Rochelle native, CBS 2 New York’s Tony Aiello.
Operation PROM Founder and President Noel D’Allacco, had honor of crowning reality star Jacqueline Laurita, from Bravo’s Real Housewives of New Jersey, as their 2014 Celebrity Prom Queen and her husband Chris Laurita was crowned King.
The special Guest Speaker was Emily Martinez, of Yonkers, New York, who was an Operation PROM dress recipient in 2010. Emily, now a Senior at the University at Albany, spoke eloquently about her experience receiving a free Prom dress. Emily's moving story prompted Jacqueline Laurita, the star of Bravo Network's smash hit Real Housewives of New Jersey, who was crowned Queen of the Prom to take the crown off her head and place it upon Emily's. Jacqueline said, "Emily is the real hero here. She went through a rough patch but now she is paying it forward by sharing her experience with Operation PROM."
TV personality, Jene Luciani, hosted the Bloomingdale’s and Men’s Wearhouse Fashion Show portion of the event. Models include Miss Westchester 2014, Ms. Connecticut US, and Miss Teen Latina International 2013.
Operation PROM Founder and President Noel D’Allacco was issued a Proclamation was from Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino. He declared January 23, Operation PROM day in Westchester County. Sponsors of the event included Westchester Magazine, Bloomingdale’s, Broken Bow Brewery, Ammirati Coffee & Tea Co., O2 Maxx Fitness, Bridget O'Brien PR and Events, Greater Than We, MSM DesignZ, WAG Magazine, State Farm Insurance, and The Men’s Wearhouse.
In 2013, Operation PROM raised and fully funded the Senior Prom for the Channel View High School in Rockaway, Queens, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. For the 2014 Prom season, money raised through the 10th Anniversary Gala and other fundraising opportunities will allow Operation PROM to once again select a high school in financial need, and fund their Prom.
About Operation Prom
Operation PROM covers the greater New York City areas, with 6 chapters in the tri-state area, and 8 chapters across the country.
Operation PROM, a national 501c3 not for profit organization that provides resources, opportunity and mentoring to students in need. Services are available to children in financial need, those who are homeless, sick, or disabled. School supplies and scholarships are available in addition to our regular donations of Prom dresses and tuxedos. To date, Operation PROM has helped thousands of students across the U.S. attend their Prom at little or no cost. To request a free Prom dress or tuxedo, students must be recommended by their guidance counselor and meet the requirements such as a severe financial need, and the student should be passing all of their classes.
For more information on Operation PROM, its chapters, how to donate, to obtain a dress or to get involved, visit www.OperationPROM.org
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