This month I had the opportunity to see a beautiful, charitable act in motion. Being invited to the Junior League’s Prom Boutique was an honor, I am in awe of the hard work and dedication that went into creating the boutique. What I think, though, that hit me most was the realization of how much of a difference this endeavor made in the life of the women it is helping. I will be attending my own prom this year and I found myself worrying about all of the simplest of things, finding a date, picking the right dress, to me these things were monumental issues but, when I took a step back I realized that I have it really great and easy considering these were the things I was worried about. I am so blessed that I don’t need to worry about the financials of, for lack of a better word, ‘funding’ the prom experience. There are so many bigger things than worrying about finding a date, some girls won’t get to attend the prom because they simply can not afford a dress to wear. When I realized that it opened my eyes and put things into perspective. Originally, this issue was going to be titled ‘The April Issue’ and would feature an interview, a story, some music, and a feature on the Prom Boutique. However, after seeing and understanding the passion of Diana O’Neill and the extraordinary volunteers at The Junior League of Long Island, I knew that The Prom Boutique had to be on its own—I wanted to give this story the spotlight it deserved. I don’t think that I have ever been struck more than when I heard Diana’s speech and stories she shared about the families that the Prom Boutique has helped. Life isn’t about wearing the most expensive shoes or carrying the fanciest hand-bag—that’s all fun but it’s not real life, what the Prom Boutique does is what we should focus on. I feel so honored to have been invited to the event, hosted by The Junior League, and to be able to feature this story. I would like to give a huge thank you to the entire Junior League of Long Island for all of their passion and dedication in creating this remarkable endeavor. And, to you fantastic readers, I hope that this story touches all of you as it did me. I wish you all a wonderful spring season and prom, if you are attending one and I hope that you enjoy this special Prom Issue.
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