TLC’s SAY YES TO THE PROM initiative is back for its eighth year, and is stopping in New York, NY, on March 28, 2019 at Chelsea Studio to make prom dreams come true for more than 200 underserved and academically high achieving high school students. As part of the all-day event, participating students will be treated to a day of free prom dress, tuxedo and accessory “shopping” alongside Monte Durham fromTLC’s SAY YES TO THE DRESS: ATLANTA. In addition to gifting students with their perfect prom look, the program also will use the milestone occasion to prepare students beyond prom with mentorship and networking opportunities.
As a special treat for these deserving students, cast members of the joyous Broadway hit, THE PROM, will attend the day of shopping and help the students pick out the perfect prom look. New York Magazine has called THE PROM “smart and big-hearted” and The New York Times declares a Critic’s Pick! It’s a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars, a small town, and a love that unites them all. THE PROM opened on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street).
Participating students will select from more than 2,500 Macy’s dresses, including over 500 from the brand-new SAY YES TO THE PROM line available exclusively at Macy’s, as well as tuxedo rentals from Men’s Wearhouse. Young ladies will receive shoes from Nina, Blue by Betsey Johnson, Jewel Badgley Mischka and Adrianna Papell. To complete their prom ensembles, they will be able to frost themselves with Kendra Scott earrings, necklaces and bracelets. The day also will include a “look and learn” hair and makeup session from Paul Mitchell Schools stylists to help students complete their prom look.
Partnerships with the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation’s Careers in Entertainment initiative as well as the Emma Bowen Foundation will offer students ongoing internship, scholarship, mentorship and networking opportunities. As part of the day, students will be introduced to professional mentors from TLC parent company Discovery, Inc., building relationships that will offer students an ongoing connection to the professional world.
For the third year, Macy’s is partnering with nonprofit Becca’s Closet and TLC’s Say Yes to the Prom to give underprivileged, deserving students across the country the prom looks of their dreams. You can help us reach more girls! For every prom or special occasion dress purchased in-store or at macys.com on Saturday, March 30, Macy’s will donate one new prom dress, up to 5,000, to Becca’s Closet to be given to a girl in need.
The NYC event marks the final stop on the eighth annual SAY YES TO THE PROM tour, which this year will touch the lives of more than 1,000 students across the United States with past stops in Silver Spring, Knoxville, LA and Denver with a future stop in NYC. For more information on this year’s initiative, as well as photos and videos, please visit www.tlc.com/sayyestotheprom and follow #SYTTP on Twitter and Instagram.
WHERE/WHEN: Thursday, March 28 / 8:30AM – 5PM
Chelsea Studio: 75 Ninth Avenue
WHO: More than 200 deserving students from:
· Urban Assembly School for Music and Art
· Longwood Preparatory Academy
· Morris Academy for Collaborative Studies
· Inwood Academy