Frequently Asked Questions

How does Giving the Glam work?

Giving the Glam covers the cost of each student's brand new gowns or tuxedo as well as professional makeup, hair styling, accessories, transportations and professional photography.

How do students come to Giving the Glam?

We work closely with Community and the school-base-programs they help us identify students who would benefit from our program.


Do you accept donations of previously worn gowns?

No, we do not. While we very much appreciate any offers of donations, we do not have a need for previously worn gowns. The Giving the Glam organization wants to offer every female participant the chance to attend prom in a dress that is uniquely hers.

Where and how do your participants choose their gowns and tuxedos?

Our young women typically choose their gowns at New York Lace in Taunton. The dress selection process can take two to four hours and usually involves between thirty and fifty dresses. Our young men generally choose their tuxedos at Simon and Sons in Needham. They are measured and select their tuxedo styles in about thirty minutes. Watch some of our videos to see some of what the selection process entails.

On prom day, where do you help the students prepare?

Residence Inn Marriott in Needham, Massachusetts, is where we help our students with the finishing touches for prom--everything from getting dressed and hair and makeup done to having gorgeous professional photographs taken in the hotel lobby. Browse through our image gallery to see photos from past events. And check out our videos to watch some prom day preparation in action!

How can people get involved with giving the glam?

There are many different ways people can get involved, from donating services or make a contribution. contact us we love to talk to you and see how we can work together.

Why this organization? Why prom?

After working in the fashion industry for many years, Maristela Rapo, founder of Giving the Glam, decided to use her knowledge and skills to help financially disadvantaged teens both girls and boys- enjoy the high school prom experience. Knowing how important prom is to so many high school students, as well as how expensive it can be, Maristela opted to create an organization that would help all students participate in the prom experience regardless of their financial situation. She loves supporting the students with their fashion choices and watching their self-confidence bloom as a result of the experience.

The Giving the Glam team believes that one night of glamour can lead to a lifetime of increased self-confidence. They hope to help impart that gift on as many students as they can.