Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The Corsage Project
Sixteen years of making a difference!

Senior Prom – a traditional rite of passage for many high school students! The dress – the shoes – the sparkling accessories the fun of going shopping for all the bits and pieces to make the dream complete! Friends going to Prom together before graduation and separating on their own life paths. Unfortunately, not all young women can attend their prom – not because they don’t want to, but because of financial restraints. How would you feel if you were in her place? 

BeadFX has been a staunch supporter of The Corsage Project by promoting and organizing open sessions that individuals can come in and create jewellery. Created in 2000, The Corsage Project is a community-based program of the Children's Aid Foundation organized by a committee of volunteers from the Toronto area. The Corsage Project helps economically disadvantaged high school students attend their prom by providing free formal-wear. Each year, they assist 250 to 300 young women who are graduating from Toronto high schools at their Boutique Ball – an incredible event that brings together women of all ages to share in the excitement of the day and celebrate the achievements of our participants.
On this special day, event space is transformed into a giant shopping bazaar, featuring hundreds of dresses, organized by size and colour, and tables showcasing shoes, purses, jewellery and accessories such as pashminas.

Corsage Girls shop the various wares with their personal shopper until they complete their look and are then treated to a mini-makeover and goodie bags filled with gifts from our sponsors.
You can help!
Do you have a piece of jewellery that can revived and upcycled? Pull it out and give it new life! If you need ideas, bring it in to one of our Open Beading Nights or Afternoon Bead Teas that will be dedicated to creating jewellery for the Corsage Project. In addition to the staff who will be on hand, other participants will be happy to give ideas. The more sparkle – the better!

Please drop off your completed donations by 6:00pm on April 6. All jewellery will be picked-up by a Corsage Project volunteer on April 8. 

The following open sessions at BeadFX will be dedicated to creating jewellery for the Corsage Project: 

Open Bead Nights
6:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesday, March 23
Wednesday, March 30
Wednesday, April 6

Afternoon Bead Teas
1:00 - 3:00pm
Thursday, March 24
Thursday, March 31

Everyone is welcome to come out to any of these sessions and help! We recommend that you call ahead to let us know you're coming.

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