Prom dress giveaway helps to create memories

Cindy Stiffler, a Champion teacher and co-coordinator of a prom dress giveaway, left, assists Kendyl Switzer, 17, of Bristol, in selecting a dress Tuesday at Champion High School. Tribune Chronicle / Bob Coupland

CHAMPION — Area girls will have a little extra dazzle for prom this spring as a local group is making sure they have dresses and other accessories for their special occasion.

A prom dress giveaway was held Tuesday at Champion High School co-hosted by GFWC Ohio Warren Junior Women’s League and Champion High School.

Event coordinators Becky Bucco and Cindy Stiffler said the idea behind the “Every Girl Deserves a Little Bling” was to make dresses, shoes, jewelry, purses and makeup available to local girls who want to go to prom who may not have the finances to get all the items.

Stiffler said teachers and students at Champion High School brought in dresses and other items for the effort.

“I had a student who wanted to go to prom and needed a dress and was so excited when one of the teachers brought in some dresses,'” Stiffler said.

Bucco and Stiffler spoke and realized there was a need for a dress giveaway to help local girls who want to go to prom but often may not be able to afford it.

Bucco, a member of Warren Junior Women’s League, and Stiffler, a Champion teacher, said when word got out of what was planned students, staff, WJWL and community members brought more than 100 dresses to the school.

“This was an undertaking to get all the dresses prepared and hung for this. This was for any girl who needed a dress. We wanted to help make memories,” Bucco said.

Bucco said a dress, jewelry, shoes and hairstyle can cost up to $500. More than 20 girls stopped by the giveaway.

Kendyl Switzer, 17, of Bristol, said she was very excited when she found a dress for Bristol High School’s prom April 27.

“There were so many dresses to select from. This really helps me and other girls,” she said.

Marissa Sorvillo, 16, of Bristol, said this was the first time she has been to such an event.

“Our school let us know about this event. They had so many items to choose from,” she said.

Stiffler said there were also monetary donations received to help cover costs for the girls to get their hair done.

The event will be held again in the fall for homecoming.