Free prom dresses available at Gowns for Girls

MEREDITH — The Faith, Hope and Love Foundation is pleased to announce that they will be hosting again their signature event Gowns or Girls on Saturday, April 12.

This is an event open to all high school aged girls (no questions asked) where they will get to pick out a free prom dress. This year the event will be held Saturday, April 12 from 1-4p.m. at the Meredith Bay Colony Club in Meredith, located at 21 Upper Hill Road. The ground level of Meredith Bay Colony Club will be turned into a one-day only boutique for girls to pick out the dress of their dreams, free of charge.

The day will kick off with an inspirational talk by co-founders of F.H.L; Jessica Dutille and Laura Brusseau, after this the girls will have the chance to get hair and makeup tips for their big night, pick out a prom dress and accessories with one of the personal shopper volunteers on hand.

Brusseau said that the event was the brain child of co-founder Dutille and Board Advisory Member Whitney Carabillo. With today's tough economic issues and the average girl spending well over $600 for one night the foundation thought up the idea of recycling the dresses. The Co-Chairs of the event Aimee Lee and Lara Gruner have been working diligently on the event since November.

The dresses are all donated by local community members and past prom goers. Special thanks go out to our dress drop off locations: Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth, Sunday's Salon and Spa in Laconia, The Barn Doggie Daycare in New Durham, the Nashua YMCA, The dress barn at the Tanger Outlets in Tilton and Divine Inspirations in Meredith. These companies are generous enough to not only join the cause, but set aside space to collect dresses the month leading up to the event.

This is our 8th year for the event, each year bringing girls from all over New Hampshire. In the past eight years the Foundation has given out over 700 dresses and given out over $20,000 in grants for enrichment and survival funds.

The Foundation was established in 2006 by Brusseau, a teacher of Laconia and Dutille The Executive Director of the Pemi Youth Center in Plymouth.

For more information about volunteering at the event, F.H.L grants, scholarships, or giving opportunities, visit their website at or check them out on facebook