The second annual Evening of Elegance was held at Morden's Youth for Christ Centre on Wednesday, January 31st.  

Tammy Hendrickx, a home and school liaison worker with the Western School Division, says graduation can be a very expensive event. 

The evening was designed to provide suits and dresses for Morden Collegiate Institute grads with limited financial resources - at no charge. 

The photo booth

Hendrickx says all clothing and accessories at the event were donated by the community.

"They've been coming in mostly right around Christmas. Actually, a couple just came in a few hours [before the event began]. That's perfect, so we don't have to store them. We can hang them up and hopefully they go."

Hendrickx is grateful for how the community has reached out to make the evening possible.

"There's a gently used ones, some new ones, some new guys shirts and more gently used suits a few new shoes here, and ties and jewelry. It's very, very helpful, it adds to the variety the sizes, the colours. Plus, we've had a donation from Saban, so it's good to get some new things."

Tie table

The event was designed to make kids' lives a bit easier and help them have some fun said Hendrickx.

"That they can get together with their friends and try on some clothing for the big graduation day, and it's really a nice event. Oh, I want to thank the Youth for Christ Warehouse so we could be here. This is a great location, very central and easy to get in and out of. I want to thank Caring and Sharing for donating the food, the snacks tonight and also they help us out in other ways too, and all the staff of Morden Collegiate, it's been great."

Organizers offered an alteration service to make sure that grads were happy with the fit of their purchase. 

~With files from Robyn Wiebe~