As junior year comes to an end I just want to reflect on my journey with reWEARable. When my college counselor suggested I start my own non profit to collect dresses for girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford them for prom, I thought how could I, a 15 year old high schooler collect enough dresses, shoes, and accessories to make a difference? I’ll tell you, honestly, one step at a time. The first thing I did in August was come up with a name. Actually, my moms best friend did, thanks Shira! The second thing was, get a lawyer and create a 501c3 to establish reWEARable as a non profit, which my dad helped me do, thanks dad! The third and probably the hardest but most exciting was to reach out to family, friends, and basically my entire community for dresses, shoes, and accessories! I made calls, I went to stores, I sent texts, I wrote emails, I asked friends of friends, of friends if they knew anyone willing to donate. Our friends, family, and community came through with flying colors! My house was basically a store having collected almost 300 dresses by January. Every time I thought things were sized and organized another load of dresses came in. I was almost in over my head but thanks to my mom and the best 6th grade girl I know, Bella Collins our Sunday’s became like a princess parties. At the event on March 22nd we surpassed our goal with close to 800 dresses. Without the community’s support reWEARable would have never happened. Local stores, high end retailers out of New York, people in the neighborhood, and Marshalls put donation boxes in 24 of their break rooms, the dresses came pouring in and this is just to name some of the support. In the end, we put on two amazing events and helped with another. It was not only incredibly rewarding to see girls smiling in their prom dresses but the overwhelming happiness of their teachers, parents, aunts, uncles, and friends who knew what a weight had been lifted off their shoulders. I am proud to say through reWEARable I was able to give hundreds of girls their ‘princess moment’. I’m proud of what I started and can’t wait to see what 2019 will bring.
So, what’s reWEARable been up to? Well, Marshalls is on board for next year! We are reaching out to tons of new vendors and stores this year, some are even approaching us! We are already scouting out locations in Detroit to hold events. ReWEARable wants to host several events this year so, if you think your school would be interested please send us an email. We are also looking for teens 9, 10, and 11th grade to form a reWEARable board. We will be electing positions late Fall/early Winter. Look out for that information on Facebook and Instagram! Thank you for all of your support! Xxoo reWEARable
I’m incredibly humbled by an experience I had last Saturday, May . reWEARable was asked to participate in Mojo in the Morning’s Wish Upon A Prom put on by Wish Upon a Teen. Wish Upon a Teen’s mission is to make a difference in the lives of teens with severe life-limiting conditions. In this case, the partnership puts on a prom for teens who are unable to attend their own school prom. They didn’t miss a beat, gorgeous dresses were provided, hair, make up, giveaways, a beautiful dance floor, dj’s, food and of course Mojo! My best friend, Lizzie and I had the pleasure of helping some of the girls find dresses. They were so sweet, beautiful, and excited to dance the night away. I’m truly lucky to have had the opportunity to work on such a wonderful event. I would love to continue to support wish upon a teen at prom next year or anyway I can in the future. Xoxo reWEARable
I’m one lucky girl! I have the pleasure of knowing the kindest, most sincere, thoughtful, and selfless person. His name is Darin Wilcox and he is my Assistant Principal at Groves High School in Southfield, Michigan. The truth is I really only got to know him this year and I credit my involvement with reWEARable for helping us build such a close relationship. Mr. Wilcox took an interest in me and reWEARable far beyond anything you would expect from a principal. He supported my passion and formed his own passion for reWEARable. With his help and the help of his wife, Gina Wilcox, 5 friends, and my mom went down to The School where Mrs. Wilcox works and styled, and dressed about 25 8th grade girls for graduation and a dance. The special thing about this event was we all got to bond with some amazing young girls that were mature beyond their years. This took place during school so they relied on us and their teachers for help. These girls had incredible fashion sense but they were also open to trying different things. In the end it was a great collaboration and all the girls and volunteers left fulfilled, beautiful, and happy. Xoxo reWEARable
My parents were good people. They did the best they were capable of for my sister and me. I wouldn’t change a thing from those days as I’ve grown into a successful and resourceful woman who looks adversity in the face and welcomes challenges.
I was raised by a single mother. My father is a nice man but, he and my mom had a very ugly divorce. The bitterness between the two of them stretched way beyond just hurting each other. He was the earner in the household. My mother was smart but unfortunately not great with money. I would often times go long periods of time, even years without seeing him or that side of the family. We certainly weren’t in a position to ask for money.
My mom, sister, and I often went without. We moved in the middle of the night to avoid bill collectors, landlords, had no electric or heat, and certainly didn’t have extra funds for luxuries like school trips or dances. Meals were a struggle. I’ve worked since I was 14 to help buy everyday items most people take for granted; a new shirt, dinner with friends, gas to get to and from school because there was no bus and my mom worked 70 hours a week.
Senior prom is a pretty huge experience and going to a school in Grosse Point, Michigan where most of the kids are well off only added to the pressure to measure up. I was asked! I decided I could only rely on myself to make it happen. My date and I went in on the tickets together. I put a tremendous amount of pressure on myself leading up to the dance to earn enough money for the dress, the shoes, the accessories, hair, makeup- the whole shebang! I literally rolled coins to make it happen. I was working so hard that I was exhausted and my school work suffered.
Now, many years later although, like I said, I wouldn’t change it, I realize what I spent at the time could have gone to school supplies, books, college classes, and more. That’s why, when I heard about what Dani Lutz and reWEARable are doing I felt my eyes well up and it reminded me of how overwhelming and stressful that time leading up to prom was. Not having to pay for a dress, shoes, hair etc. would have been a huge weight off my shoulders. By donating a dress, shoes, or an accessory you will be creating wonderful memories for young women everywhere that want to be a part of that special night. It’s such an amazing and simple way for everyone to be included in this right of passage.
We are 4 days out until reWEARable’s 1st BIG PROM DRESS GIVEAWAY on Thursday, March 22nd from 4-7:30pm. Our headquarters, aka my living room, is filled with over 400 beautiful dresses, amazing shoes, and great accessories. Put it all together and you get hundreds of gorgeous head to toe looks for this year’s prom! Can’t wait until next Thursday! #helpingdetroitshine
We are so excited to share that Sundance Shoes in Birmingham, Michigan has put a donation box in their store until March 21st. The will be collecting dresses, shoes, and accessories. Additionally, 15% of the proceeds from the sales over the next week will go to reWEARable. #shoplocal #supportingnonprofit
A huge thank you to Guys and Gals of West Bloomfield for donating two beautiful dresses, necklaces, and earrings! The jewelry is so amazing we are going to raffle off one of the necklaces! One lucky winner will walk away with some serious neck bling!
My friend Leora Tapper has generously donated bags of bracelets from Alex and Ani one of the coolest, trendiest brands around. They are great stacked or worn individually. Each one has special meaning and all jewelry is blessed by a shamen before going out into the world. Another thing reWEARable and their incredible supporters @tappers is doing to make prom special for young girls in Detroit this year! #changinglives1x1
Excited to announce that reWEARable and My House of Style will be doing an event in February. Details to come soon.
February 28, 2018, I will be attending the adult Purim party at Temple Beth El. We will be collecting donations at the event and there will be a rack left at the temple for the month of March for anyone who would like to donate.
We have collected around 200 dresses this year and we are still in need of many more. Please spread the word to all friends and family!
If you have any dresses or need to contact me,
A very big thank you to owner of company, Organize Detroit Andrea Wolf, who donated enough dresses to give us a good start to the season, a total of 60+ dresses so far! Check out www.reWEARable.net to learn how to donate and better the lives of the less fortunate girls of the Detroit Area. Any questions - you can contact me at email@example.com