55 Division CRU connects youth with PROM outfits

Photo of the blog author By Ron Fanfair,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 10:31 a.m. June 5, 2018
Updated: 10:31 a.m. June 5, 2018

For the fifth straight year, graduating high school students got an opportunity to pick and choose their prom outfits.

A group of men and women, some of them in police uniforms stand in-front of a long rack of various articles of clothing
55 Division CRU and Auxiliary officers along with program volunteers.
  • A group of men and women, some of them in police uniforms stand in-front of a long rack of various articles of clothing
  • Racks of various articles of clothing
  • Four youth, three girls and one boy stand in-front of a rack of dresses

Organized by 55 Division Community Response Unit (CRU), the PROM911 event – supported by corporate and individual donations – took place at Eastview Neighbourhood Community Centre on April 29.

More than 500 dresses, shoes, handbags and pieces of jewelry, and about 50 suits, dress pants, ties and shoes were on display for the young people.

Several 55 Division CRU officers joined Auxiliary and Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) members Sue Shepherd and Pat MacDonald, along with volunteers, to transform the community centre to look like a high-end clothing store.

“The graduating students were excited to sort through the racks of clothing with their parents and friends,” said Constable Pavlina Jaresova, part of the organizing team. “There was a long line-up before the doors opened.”

Students selected about 250 dresses, suits and accessories.

“The fun just never ends,” said a youth.

Detective Randall Lee, who took part in the event, was very impressed.

“It was a tremendous sight to see all the community partners coming together and seeing all the young people transition into young men and women,” he added.

The remaining items were donated to Value Village, the Pegasus Store and local seniors’ residences.

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