Local Business Donation Makes Big Prom Impact

Feb 11, 2019 – Hudson Falls, N.Y. — We may be facing six more weeks of winter, but already Hudson Falls area teens are making plans for prom. And this year, thanks to a large donation from a local business, they can check the gown off the shopping list.

Late last year, the owner of Valerie’s Too, a dress shop on Main Street, made the decision to retire and close the store. Then she connected with Hudson Falls Schools. “Our phone rang, and she just said ‘would you guys be able to use some prom dresses?’” said High School Social Work Associate Lisa Hogan. “But when we went to pick them up, she just kept bringing out more and more! She told us ‘in her heart, she knew it was what she should do.’” Valerie’s Too donated 87 gowns of all colors and sizes. Others from the school community pitched in, and all told, there are over 100 outfits to give away.

So this week, all those gowns will go to good use. “Say Yes to the Dress,” is an event coordinated by a coalition of high school organizations that invite students to pick out a formal dress from the donated collection for free!

“We are so fortunate to have businesses in our school community that support our students in so many ways,” said Hudson Falls Superintendent Linda Goewey. “Whether it’s donations like this or jobs and internships, we work hard to forge connections outside our school buildings.”

The dress display will be open to all from 5pm to 7pm on Wednesday February 12th in the High School Library.