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01 Apr Westy Self Storage Collecting Prom Dresses in Long Island

By Alex Hassel, Storage.com

You’ll be seeing a lot of formal wear at Westy Self Storage in Long Island, N.Y. No, the facility isn’t holding any sort of banquet or gala, but it is hosting a collection drive for the Long Island Volunteer Center’s (LIVC) Prom Boutique. Westy will be collecting donations of new and gently-used prom gowns, bridesmaid dresses, special occasion dresses, shoes, handbags, and costume jewelry for underprivileged high school girls.

This is the eighth consecutive year Westy has collected dresses for the Prom Boutique. When the drive is finished, LIVC distributes all the dresses and accessories to girls and families free or charge. The charity is meant to help young women who otherwise couldn’t afford a gown for prom, or even other events like graduation or a sweet sixteen party.

“We are excited to continue our participation in the Prom Boutique,” says Tim Mincin, District Director of Westy Self Storage. “Sharing in celebration of milestones of young women, such as the prom, brings us great satisfaction.”

Westy is joined by 17 other businesses and organizations collecting dresses in Long Island. 2016 marks the 22nd year volunteers have come together for the Prom Boutique. Through the years, thousands of underprivileged young women have had the opportunity to choose their own gown at the charity. High school guidance counselors, at-risk youth agencies, group homes, and churches help make the program available to those in need. In 2015, more than 1,500 girls from 65 different schools and nonprofit youth organizations benefited from Prom Boutique.

“The Prom Boutique is a way to help local young women celebrate these occasions with a beautiful outfit that they would otherwise be unable to obtain,” says Diana O’Neill, Executive Director of LIVC. “Westy has been a model community partner over the years ensuring that our storage requirements are met and that logistical needs for drop offs and delivery of thousands of donated dresses are accomplished seamlessly. We could not help make prom dreams come true without Westy.”

Westy’s collection drive will take place April 10, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Westy offers affordable state-of-the-art storage solutions for individuals and businesses. Westy was founded in 1990. Among Westy’s family of customers are homeowners, art collectors, antique dealers, retailers, and people who consider their Westy room an extension of their home or office. With corporate headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Westy spans a tri-state area with 14 locations: seven in New York, four in Connecticut, and three in New Jersey. Westy Storage centers are open seven days a week.

The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year-round and collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. A legacy Points of Light Volunteer Center since 1992, LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as a regional volunteer center.

Alex Hassel is News Reporter for Storage.com. If you’d like to pitch Alex a self storage industry news story, email [email protected] or call 402-779-7328.

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