Bursts of giggles and delighted squeals rang through DTLV’s Stitch Factory—filled with elegant evening gowns, accessories and happy shoppers—but this was a fashion event like no other.
On March 21, teenagers and adults with cognitive and physical impairments were given the opportunity to select a glamorous ensemble (at no cost) for the upcoming Joy Prom — a full-scale black tie extravaganza to be held at M Resort on May 10.
Attendees chose from over 1,800 donated gowns by designers such as Carmen Marc Valvo, Alfred Angelo and Kay Unger, gently used shoes and evening bags and 800 pieces of jewelry and accessories contributed by Zappos vendors.
Joy Prom invitees are referred to the free fete by local organizations Down Syndrome of Southern Nevada, New Vista, Holdsworth, Pinnacle, REM, Good Friends Autism and Opportunity Village. Sean McAllister and Rachel Smith of Fox 5 News will host this year’s event, alongside emcee JC Fernandez.
Kristin L., one of the 1,600 volunteers helping with this year’s event, smiled as she helped another satisfied shopper make her final selection. “It’s just unbelievably rewarding to see how happy and appreciative everyone is,” she said.. “This is a really special occasion.”