Local business owners make prom dreams come true for foster teens
Prom season is here and local business owner Ashley Fox has partnered with other organizations and personal donors in the community — including Canvas Fashion Gallery, Salon 9, Royal Palm and many more — to bring three girls in the foster care system a Cinderella experience for their prom nights.
These foster teens were selected through Eckerd’s Raising Hope program after Ashley, who owns owner of Infinity Headbands, offered to donate her time and services to create a sense of normalcy for local foster teens in Pinellas County.
“Without this generous donation, these girls unfortunately would not get to have this same type of experience for their proms,” said Kelly Rossi, director of Raising Hope. “These donations help create a sense of normalcy for the teens and it allows them to be just like the other girls at school. We are so happy to have Ashley as a donor and are grateful for this opportunity.”
Ashley had a vision last year to provide teen girls in foster care with this special opportunity and it was when she shared the idea with her friend, Michelle Burtch, owner of Canvas Fashion Gallery, who knew of someone with a similar desire to help when things started to come together. For the 2017 Prom season, Michelle was instrumental in helping coordinate the various events again and her store is also donating toward the girl’s shopping.
According to Ashley, next year should be even bigger still.
“We are happy to expand this year and we hope to continue growing the numbers of girls we can help,” said Ashley, “by continuing to grow the community support. All of this could not take place without the other generous donors and business owners involved.”
Partner agencies: Directions for Living and Lutheran Services Florida.