PROMises Kept

Girl being helped shop for prom dress

Nearly 80 teenagers from schools around Northern Solano County turned to Operation PROMises to make their prom dreams come true in March.

At day's end, 75 “princesses” went home with the perfect prom dress. Many also found a matching pair of shoes, a clutch, a wrap and jewelry.

And it was all free for these girls who otherwise couldn't afford to attend their proms, thanks to a partnership between NorthBay Healthcare and Soroptimist International of Vacaville. It is the third year volunteers provided dresses for local teens.

The first year 30 girls walked away with prom dresses. Last year the number nearly doubled.

NorthBay Healthcare Administration Center's conference room was a frenzy of activity as girls arrived for appointments throughout the day and were partnered with a personal shopper to help them navigate from station to station.

Girl excitedly posing with chosen dress

Six seamstresses were busy all day making alterations to dresses while the girls waited, while a team from Blake Austin College and a Mary Kay Cosmetics consultant offered makeup tips and a team from Talk of the Town showed girls how to style their hair.

Jasmine Wong, 17, of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, was the first to find her dress.

“I didn't expect it to be this amazing and I appreciate the Soroptimist club for putting this together with NorthBay Healthcare,” the teen said.

One mom who accompanied her daughter was so thrilled with the event that she posted a touching thank you note to NorthBay Healthcare on its Facebook page. “I'm very, very grateful for this program. As a single mom, it is impossible for me to financially afford all that is needed for prom. …With joyful tears, thank you with all of my heart,” she wrote.