Operation Prom Girl Is On the Move!

We are so pleased to be able to say that Operation Prom Girl 2016 is going to take place this year at Mountain View Church of Wildomar, where we have rented the absolute perfect facility for the event on April 2. We have many wonderful volunteers that have stepped up to the plate to swing into spring and give their hearts to this wonderful outreach that is a mere 3 years old, and growing steadily! We are also super excited to announce that not only is Lake Elsinore/Wildomar school district on board and sending referrals for girls in need of assistance, but now we have Perris school district and their superintendents stepping in to not only support OPG, but send us girls who will qualify for this incredible event! There is such a need out there! We know how hard it is to get to prom. I did not attend mine, and I had someone step up to assist my daughter as I was a single parent who worked many hours as a makeup artist. I still felt the sting of the costs associated with prom and was blessed when Bettyann Behr picked up the pieces that were too heavy of a load for me and helped make my daughter’s special day a reality, 4 years or so ago. A big thank you to the woman who helped and also was instrumental in my vision to help all girls in need. Operation Prom Girl will ALWAYS be more than just a dress and no young lady, no matter the age, will ever be left behind!

 

Operation Prom Girl So Cal- Get Involved

Operation Prom Girl is a community based organization that provides prom dresses/formal gowns, shoes and accessories to high school girls, Military Wives, and women with financial hardships or unusual circumstances.

While the prom dress is the main attraction the real goal behind what we do is to promote inner beauty, self love, acceptance and worth.  We accomplish this during our annual dress give away event for High School girls as well as throughout the year for those special Military Balls, or other formal events.

If you would like to be part of this, review our website to read about our past events, and signup to volunteer for our April 2, 2016 event.  Web address:  https://opromgirl.wordpress.com or use your smart phone to scan the QR code below.

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Prom Dress Registration is now OPEN

Calling all Southern California High School girls.  Operation Prom Girl has opened up the Prom Dress Registration for 2016 Prom.

Please use the link below to access our website and fill out and submit the Prom Dress Registration 2016

https://thedressesanddreamsproject.org/get-a-dress/prom-dress-registration-2016/

Volunteer for our OPG 2016 Event

Hello beautiful friends.  We are now accepting volunteers to help out with the April 2, 2016, Operation Prom Girl Event.

Please use the link below to fill out our submission form – if you would like to volunteer in more than one area please use the drop down box to select your primary area and our comment box to add the other selections

https://thedressesanddreamsproject.org/volunteers/

OPG 2016 Volunteer Opportunities

The Annual Operation Prom Girl 2016 (OPG 2016) event will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016. Based on the results of the 2015 event,  we anticipate assisting more girls in 2016.

It is very exciting to see how this event has grown in just two years. We thank God for bringing in the right people, talents, resources and the willing hearts of the inland valley empire community to make this event a blessing to so many girls.

OPG 2016 will need several people to make it all happen.  We are in the pre-planning phase of OPG 2016 and are working on getting our Team Leaders identified.

If you have experience in the following areas and are interested in serving as a volunteer Team Leader please send us a copy of your resume and a brief cover letter to Operationpromgirl@gmail.com – sharing why you would like to serve as a Team Leader.

The cutoff date to send your resume and cover letter is midnight PST, Sunday, September 30, 2015.

Team Lead Volunteer opportunities – all team leads will work directly with Dawn and Linda

  • Public Relations (1 position) – promoting the event via media, press releases, contacting radio and television stations, other non profit organizations, creating newsletters, all media post must be approved by Dawn & Linda
  • Fundraising/Donations (2 position) – seek donations from local businesses and community members, flowers, cleaners, food, water, decorations, etc. all fundraising ideas/plans must be approved by Dawn & Linda
  • Social Media (1 position) – develop ideas to increase activity on our facebook, instagram and twitter pages,  – all post must be approved by Dawn & Linda
  • Event, Decorating & Hospitality (3 positions)  – coordination of event activities including using  volunteerspot.com to schedule volunteers, decorating venue day of event
  • All submissions are to be sent via email to: operationpromgirl@gmail.com

The countdown has ended and the event was a hit!

We really did have intentions to countdown to zero, and ended up stopping at day 3.  What can I say the days just got away from me!  You know those last few days before your big event you always run into those little annoyances or problems that seem astronomical.  I found myself staying up way past midnight just to make sure everything was ready for the big Operation Prom Girl Event.

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Did all those late nights really make a difference?  Of course we would say yes but who really knows.  All we know is our event was a hit.  We transformed the VFW room (Veterans of Foreign Wars) into a room fit for a princess and our girls loved it!  We had a very large decor crew including a group of Tri Valley Pageant beauties who used their creativity to make our welcome sign.  (you would have thought that was one of our focus items on those late nights)

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As the volunteers worked to transform the room our welcome team was busy getting all the sign in sheets in place and ready.  Let’s not forget the food, desserts, candy and beverages – yes we had another crew who was instrumental in getting all of that set up and replenished.

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The girls started arriving well before the event was scheduled to start, which brought a lot of excitement and anticipation to all of us.  When the doors finally opened at 2:00pm, in came the girls many with their mother or legal guardian.  We had 4 amazing speakers sharing from their hearts the struggles they have encountered and how they moved past them.  Our Emcee was witty, spunky and fantastic!  It would be an understatement to say that God was in that room because you could feel the love everywhere.

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Our Emcee – Leona Berry

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The Faces of Operation Prom Girl – Right side – Founder Dawn Schultz, Left Side – Director of Operations – Linda Harris

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First Speaker – Lyndsay Swann

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Next Speaker – Vanessa Harris

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Next Speaker – Linda Harris

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Fourth Speaker – Deserie Valentine

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We saved the best for last – the makeup workshop the selection of prom dresses & shoes, last but not least the goodie bags!  We were able to collect over 500 prom dresses so the girls had a wide selection to choose from and we had a seamstress on site to make alterations when necessary.

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THE DRESSES & SHOES!!!!!!!

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The Goodie Bags that every girl needs!

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By the time 6pm rolled around the room was pretty empty except for our clean up/tear down crew.  These folks worked like a team to get the job done.  I am in awe of the folks we have in our community (Inland Empire – Riverside County) who made this all possible.

We would be remiss if we did not say a HUGE thank you to Christina of CB Designs who connected us with Denine Diaz and Mary Martinez of the Lake Elsinore Unified School District who were very instrumental in identifying the girls for our program.

I would like to say we are going to take a break but that is impossible – we are already doing the follow up from the evaluations the girls submitted plus thinking about next years events.

Stay tuned when it comes to me and Dawn there is ALWAYS more to come.

Love to you all

Linda and Dawn

3 Days and Counting

Four months ago we went into “high” gear with all the prep and planning for our March 28th Prom dress giveaway event, and here we are just 3 short days away.  We started with a couple of dress racks and about 100 dresses, several pairs of shoes and 2 gals with willing hearts.

We have met some incredible people in our community who have stepped up to donate goods, money, and services to make our event a memorable one for the girls in our program.  We could not have pulled it together without the generosity of so many people.  Thank you all so much, a phrase you will hear us say over and over again.

We are in awe of the ladies who are donating their services and talents to provide makeup application for these girls on prom day, photo shoots for a raffle, hairstyle for day of prom, and even spray tans.  Our participant list has grown so many of these donated services will be raffled off during our event.

Stay tuned

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4 Days and Counting

We are just 4 short days away from our 2nd annual Operation Prom Girl dress giveaway.  Our participant list is being finalized.  Last minute volunteer details are being worked out, and the girls have been receiving their event tickets!

To say we are excited is to put it mildly!  We are over the top excited!  If we could turn the clock back we would put on one of these prom dresses and dance around like Cinderella.  After all isn’t that what every girls dream is to be Cinderella like?

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Follow us for the next 4 days and share the joy with us as these girls receive their prom dresses!

5 Days and Counting

Excitement is building just 5 days until our big prom dress give away to Inland Empire High School girls.

I wish we could say we have it all together, but at this point we are still dealing with those “oh no’s” we discovered yesterday.  Yet we know it will all come together so there is not stressing out here!

We have big plans to transform the VFW (Veteran’s of Foreign War) room into a place fit for a princess.  We will give you a sneak peak at this beauty built by our very own Bruce Harris! This is going to be used to cover a wall, our plans are to use silver stars, white lights and just have the wall pop!

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We are going pink, white, and silver!  Stay tuned as we share more leading up to the big day!

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