To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of the Faith, Hope, and Love Foundation we would like to send our sincere thank you to all of our amazing community members that made the eighth annual Gowns for Girls event a raving success.
It started with you all rallying your friends and collecting your old prom and bridesmaids dresses and dropping them off at one of our fabulous dress drop-off locations. Thank you to the Pemi Youth Center, Divine Inspirations, Sunday's Salon and Spa, the Dressbarn in the Tilton Tanger Outlets, the Barn Doggie Daycare and the Nashua/Merrimack YMCAs for allowing us to take over parts of your businesses over the last five weeks.
Next, the local media outlets offered to help spread the word. Thank you to WEZS 1350 for interviewing us about the event, thank you to Bob Martin of the Laconia Citizen for interviewing us and thank you to Mix 94.1 FM, The Citizen, the Concord Monitor, and The Daily Sun for mentioning our event.
A huge thank you goes out to the local schools, guidance counselors and social workers that brought the girls.
We have been blessed to have been given the use of the Meredith Bay Colony Club. Thank you to all of their staff, especially Joey their maintenance man, for helping us set up for the day and clean up. A huge thank you to all those that live at Meredith Bay Colony Club for allowing us to take over there home for 10 hours.
Then came the outpouring of volunteers. We had dozens of emails requesting to volunteer at this years event. Thank you to our amazing FHL volunteers. A special thank you to our Gowns for Girls Committee Chairs Lara Gruner and Aimee Lee
We had to feed our volunteers, so thank you to Hannaford for the gift card and board member Mandy Nartiff for donating food to feed everyone.
This year we were short a few clothes racks, but have no fear, once again our amazing community pulled through without skipping a beat. TJ Maxx of Gilford donated five clothes racks and steamer for our use, and the Ecetera Shop in Meredith offered us two racks. We are so appreciative.
Thank you to Sherri Collis who came to alter the dresses, Megann Sanborn who took the girls' photos, Lea from Sunday's Salon and Spa for doing the girls' makeup and Naomi Hastings for taking a day out to do up-dos for the girls. Thank you to Tammy Giroux for the beautiful donation of corsages.
Thank you to the girls for making it such a special day of faith, hope, and love.
Co-Founder Jessica Dutille kick-started the event with a motivational speech about inner beauty and the importance of being one's self and the epidemic of bullying in our society. She read, "You are more powerful than you know; you are beautiful just as you are." — by Melissa Etheridge. Jessica's speech certainly did resonate with the girls. An overwhelming majority of girls in their exit survey expressed that this was one of the best days of their lives, and they have never felt so beautiful and accepted for who they are.
So in closing, for whatever role you played in our eighth annual Gowns for Girls Event we thank you. You never know how your actions will benefit a future generation. Thank you for your positive actions for paying it forward and for just being you.
As Margaret Meade once said, "Never underestimate that a small group of individuals can change the world. It's the only thing that ever has."
Thank you and in sincere appreciation the FHL Co-Founders, Advisers and Board of Directors
Laura L. Brusseau
Co-Founder Faith Hope and Love Foundation