Return of the ‘Dreams Delivered’ prom shop for ETHS students
EVANSTON, IL – The Dreams Delivered prom shop for local high schoolers is set to return next week for the first time since 2019.
Formal dresses, shoes and jewelry are provided free of charge to all Evanston Township High School students by appointment for the event, which is due to take place on April 10, 11 and 12 at the Women’s Club of Evanston, 1702 Chicago Ave.
More than 800 students have picked out prom outfits from the pop-up shops since the program began in 2007, according to Women’s Club representatives. The program boosts confidence and self-esteem while taking the stress out of teens worrying about the cost of new clothes for prom.
“At The Woman’s Club of Evanston, we believe that every Evanston student, regardless of their means, should be able to attend their prom. With that in mind, we created Dreams Delivered,” said the president of the event, Beverly Heimann, in a statement. “Each spring, our historic clubhouse is transformed into a very special prom boutique. New and nearly new evening dresses, shoes and jewelry are provided free of charge to any student at Evanston Township High School.”
In 2010, the Women’s Club partnered with the Ivy Pearl Foundation – the philanthropic arm of the Delta Chi Omega chapter of the Evanston-based Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority – which provides support for publicity, fundraising and the purchase of items and volunteering for store staff.
“Our goal is to make every young woman feel special and help her shine with confidence on prom night,” Delta Chi Omega Chapter President Stella Hickman said in a statement. “Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s mission is to uplift girls and women in their endeavors for greater personal and professional development. We are grateful to have the opportunity to serve students on such a special occasion. .”
More than 50 club and chapter volunteers are on hand to help students choose dresses, shoes and jewelry during appointments that last about two hours.
According to the women’s club, volunteer seamstresses will be on hand for free minor alterations and female students from the Tricoci Beauty and Culture University will offer mini makeovers.
Dreams Delivered accepts donations. Dresses should be new or nearly new – three years old or less – or have a timeless design.
ETHS students wishing to shop at the store must make an appointment. On Tuesday, appointment slots were still available on April 11 and 12.