iPROMise started as a desire in the hearts of two high school girls (Rebekah and Catherine Falge) who wanted to make a difference in lives of other students where they went to school.
These creative students learned that Cobblestone Project had been given some formal gowns during the June 08 Clothing Donation, and they wanted to use them to give some girls the gift of prom who would not otherwise be able to attend.
So, without hesitation, the dream started big...a dress, hair styled, makeup, dinner, and even a photographer.
With the help of some faculty at the local high school, seven beautiful students were identified. A few weeks later these beautiful students received a beautiful dress, a beautiful make over and most of all a beautiful night just to be alive.
Finally, the big day arrived.
On Saturday, April 25th, we brought in our very talented team to get the girls ready. We met at the Clarion and set up various stations for hair and makeup. It was amazing...nervous faces relaxing into shimmery smiles, wind-blown hair curled and set perfectly in place, everyday clothes exchanged for stunning gowns.
Without any of the stylists or makeup artists seeing the girls in their dresses before starting, every makeup color used and every hair style given was a perfect match to the color and style of the individual girls and their dresses. Each one left looking like a princess..some with eyes full of tears, feeling more beautiful than they ever had before.
As if that is not enough, the true beauty of iPROMise that sets this event apart from others like it is the fact that we hope to inspire a change in way the girls view their ability to make a difference. For every dress we give, we have a simple request of each girl in return: that they promise to remember this day and "pay it forward" to someone else. We want them to remember the kindness given to them and the joy they felt through this whole process and pass that same type of kindness and joy on to another when the opportunity arises.
The true beauty of iPROMise that sets this event apart from others like it is the fact that we hope to inspire a change in way the girls view their ability to make a difference. For every dress we give, we have a simple request of each girl in return: that they promise to remember this day and "pay it forward" to someone else.
We want them to remember the kindness given to them and the joy they felt through this whole process and pass that same type of kindness and joy on to another when the opportunity arises.
Some were fulfilling their promise in the middle of our event as they served their new friends. Others, have already expressed a desire to donate their dress back or to return next year and help us with the next group of girls. The cool thing about that?...for some of these girls, those kindnesses don't "count" as their promise...yea...they get it.
Part 1 of the Story...Really, is this true?
Part 2 of the Story...Prom Day
iPROMise would like to give a special thanks and recognition of selfless giving to the following:
- Rebecca and Catherine Falge...for dreaming big and loving on your peers through a day of beauty. You girls are incredible!
- Stefani Falge...for encouraging your girls to make a difference and showing them how to pull it off
- Check My Closet...for helping our girls find their dream dress...within our budget!
- Lethal Lure...for donating alterations when needed
- Sarah Ernst...for hair and make-up...everyone was beautiful
- Sharon Harl...for the name iPROMise which captures everyone's heart so incredibly
- Erin Russell, WellQuest spa...for donating your incredible makeup artistry and even giving each girl a tube of the lip gloss they wore for a touch-up after dinner!
- Sandra Brody, Mia Bella Salon...for donating your time and amazing skills to create stunning and unique hairstyles for our girls. You saw us through to the very end...thank you!
- Table Mesa...for your generous donation of dinner gift certificates for our girls who didn't have other dinner options. Wow...what a treat!
- Erin Stein...for your creativity in putting our logo together. It's perfect!
- Jeff Cazzell, PacPrinters...for donating our amazing banner. Who knew that much hot pink could look so awesome?!
- Barbara Tillman, The Clarion...for giving us a wonderful space to get all the girls ready at the same time. Your staff was incredibly helpful all day long!
- Gary & Leigh Anne...who made this possible long before the idea even existed
- Our community friends who donated financially to allow us to purchase dresses when the size needed was not available in our stock of dresses. You know who you are, and we are so grateful for your generosity.