Prom attire needed for Fairytale Boutique

The Fairytale Boutique benefits Pitt County teenagers whose families are unable to afford the expensive gowns, shoes and accessories needed to attend high school proms. When prom season approaches, volunteers schedule appointments for girls to look for items they need. Pictured above is shopper Carlinna Shotwell, right, examining a dress during an earlier boutique event. Shotwell was assisted by volunteer ECU student Sam Cahill. (Photo by Cliff Hollis)

The East Carolina University Volunteer and Service-Learning Center is seeking new and used prom gowns and accessories for distribution to high school girls who cannot afford prom attire. Donated items are collected for the annual Fairytale Boutique, scheduled this year for February 2011.

The VSLC staff works with school counselors and social workers to share boutique inventory with young women who need it most; however, dresses and accessories are in short supply for the upcoming event. Donations of all sizes of formal wear from 2007 to present, shoes, jewelry and other accessories are needed. Gowns in sizes 12 and up are in high demand. Donations can be dropped off at the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center in the Old Cafeteria Complex or picked up by appointment. All donations are tax deductible.

Contact Jessica Gagne Cloutier ( or Shawn Moore ( for additional information or call the VSLC at 252-328-2735.