The Glamour Gowns and Suit Up (GGSU) event provides complimentary, brand new formal attire and accessories to young women and men, age 15+, in the Los Angeles foster care system. The event is produced each year by the GGSU committee in conjunction with CASA of Los Angeles. Thus far, GGSU has provided more than 5,000 dresses to young women who may not have otherwise been able to receive them. More than 400 young ladies receive dresses each spring. In 2015, for the first time, formal wear and suits were also distributed to young men.
We aim to create a heartfelt enrichment event for high schoolers in foster care. Glamour Gowns and Suit Up not only provides dresses and suits, but also helps build self-esteem, self-confidence, and an increased feeling of self-worth. Our hope is the experience will have a lasting and positive effect on these young people. Financial circumstances often do not allow for “non-essential” yet important items like prom dresses or suits for formal dances. Glamour Gowns and Suit Up seeks to create lasting, positive memories for milestone events like proms, in the lives of young people who have often endured and overcome difficult circumstances.
ABOUT GLAMOUR GOWNS AND SUIT UP
The Glamour Gowns and Suit Up event is produced and managed by a dedicated committee who volunteer their time and resources. Members of I.A.T.S.E. Motion Picture Costumers Local 705, Costume Designers Guild Local 892 and Theatrical Wardrobe Union Local 768 donate their time to help tailor each dress or suit to a perfect fit. Thank you to our sponsors and donors: SHARE, Inc., Masquerade Formal Wear from DJ Bronson, Gianni Inc. Menswear, Chinese Laundry, Jenette Bras, Nelson Galloway, Tony Roland Salon, Friar Tux Shop, Paul Mitchell, April Love Makeup Academy, Dinair, Neutrogena, Kimberly Clark, Arbonne International, OPI, Debi Dodge Photography and the countless number of volunteers. Invaluable support has also been received from Los Angeles City Councilmember Curren Price, Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, Jan Perry, General Manager of the Los Angeles City Economic and Workforce Development Department, and the Los Angeles Convention Center.
- Kristen DeLeo, Co-Chair
- Paulette Fiorina, Co-Chair
- Karen Braverman-Freeman
- Cibennie Harris
- Susan Herron
- Alison Hirsch
- Sue Marshall
- Tracee Maxwell
- Jennifer Parker-Stanton
- Joanne Solov
- Cortez Wilks
$25 – Will provide a purse/jewelry for a young woman or a shirt and tie for a young man
$50 – Will provide undergarments or dress shoes for a young woman or dress shoes for a young man
$100 – Will provide a dress, shoes and accessories for a young woman or a suit, shirt, tie and shoes for a young man
By clicking Donate Now, you can make a secure online donation. On the Gift is in honor of line please indicate Glamour Gowns Suit Up.
If you prefer to donate by mail, please print our Donation Form and send your tax deductible contribution to:
CASA of Los Angeles
Memo Line: Glamour Gowns Suit Up
201 Centre Plaza Drive, Room 1100
Monterey Park, CA 91754
Tax ID: 95-3890446