NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — To help offset the rising cost of attending prom, a Brooklyn community organization gave away dresses for students in financial hardship.

The Brooklyn College Community Partnership (BCCP) held its 2nd Annual “Belle of the Ball” prom dress giveaway for students involved in the organization’s after-school program.

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Two hundred students attended the event at Brooklyn College, where over 300 dresses lined the racks, walls and doors.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones Reports From Brooklyn College

One student, named “Angelina,” spotted the perfect dress for her prom.

(credit: Al Jones, 1010 WINS)

“I found this purple, lavender dress and it’s really long and I love it,” she told 1010 WINS’ Al Jones while displaying the dress.

Shoes, handbags and even makeup were donated in addition to the dresses.

One of the organizers, Denise Paige, said all of the donated items were “all current fashion.”

“You know it’s not the old lady, frumpy. It’s not their mom’s prom dress,” she said.

Comments (39)
  1. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    Your mad that the people who understand situations don’t have the same mentality as you I’m just made at how ignorant you are…if you was trying to prove a point, you looking racist would, could, and did over power that…if you felt people who take advantage of
    “Gimme” situations should be ashamed of themselves I would of backed you up 100 percent but according to you its the black community, that’s a whole other spin…you could of gotten away for being biased but your completely racist and ignorant…its insulting to america and then have the nerve to say you all like I’m the core of your ignorance…I have my stuff together who you need to talk to is the people who don’t and that isn’t just black people you bitter ignorant idiot…stop complaining and do something…your right to a certain extent, I nor the black community are the problem…your holding a grudge…that’s what it is

  2. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    I apologize for your ignorance, lack of education, misunderstanding, who raised you, and where you came from. You worry for america’s tomorrow and your addressing a good portion of it as you people…because I’m black I say the word ya’ll….what’s that strike 500? IGNORANCE!!!!…this is what I’m hearing from you “because of being black…” Some of you americans are so insulting to the rest…not including myself because I don’t claim this country

  3. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    When I look in the mirror I see a black asian jamaican who just so happened to be born in america, I see a non biased, prejudice, racist being. When I search the net I see no only black people I see white as well. I don’t know which media source your acknowledging but the one do talks about black people not only being the suspect but being the victim, I see white people engaging in the same activity. You speak foolishness I’ve grown up in a private school with black people being dominate never experienced anything out of the ordinary besides the word Ass. I have attended public schools in the last 6-8 years of my life heavy in diversity. yes I agree that some communities within brooklyn are rich in poverty and others are not. And you are judging the black people as a whole, read all the comments you said on this time line…I don’t have enough hands or toes to count how many times you were ignorant. I’m not like you because new york isn’t all I know and if I ever want to leave it is to explore the world waiting for me this is my home, I honor it I love it and I understand it. Ill always come back. My mother works for the government she’s black, my father in the military he’s black. I don’t know what welfare is I never seen a food stamp, never lived in a projects but because I’m black I am what your calling me? Are you stupid ignorant or just bitter? I’m voting all of the above because its you people…this is you pointing the finger. When I spoke to you I told you direct and when I spoke of a group I was specific…to you its not some black people its you people. But thanks for acknowledging us (meaning the term you said “you people)…I guess autism awareness month doesn’t deserve it, aids day deserve it either, or breast cancer etc because majority of them brought it on to themselves correct? Or that makes me ignorant? You choose…its extremely insulting how your american and your so ignorant

  4. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    There are no yall you speak of its us…as in all of the united states are robbing themselves

    1. nonyabizzness says:

      “No ya’ll to speak of. ” Okay Dokay. I admit I have no colledge. But truefully you do not need it to succeed. I am self taught in many fields and get by just fine. So do excuse the misspells and bad pronunciation. The comments written back on the other hand only enforce the glareing difference between you and I. Everyone without exception is full of grammatical errors. Punctuated by words that could have been more carefully chosen to prove your points. I think I would take one look at a resume formed from them and promptly round file it. Come on, a college grad should be able to do better than that. If you think that one day you are going to steer the ship at least learn the mechanics of English. I work with Spanish people everyday who get there point across better than you have. And they were not born here. Just one more expample of what this country is coming to. I do pray for it.

  5. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    The more you talk the more ignorant you sound. I could point out all that I see white people do spanish people do etc but that doesn’t give me the right to judge them as a whole. You say white people have pride but the activities that SOME part take proves that SOME people do not have no dignity. See I said some, a word that’s far from your vocabulary because your under the impression that just because of someones origin, skin color, ethnicity that they are of better status. I seen people mention before that all the dresses donated were for pregnancy but whose on 16 and pregnant, who is the dominate force in drinking and driving, texting and driving, Real World, Bad girls Club? But a black person get a free dress and all it is is gimme gimme gimme… There are white folks on welfare, even spanish people…the commentary your making makes you look like an idiot because you can’t speak for a specific group when clearly dignity and pride are far from genetics. I’m not insulted by what your preaching but I’m insulted that your an american and yet you still lack in knowledge. Until you have lived in every far corner in the US, in every poverty infected neighborhood, experienced hardship of all aspects then you can speak negatively all you want because only then you would have seen it all…I haven’t so there for I am open minded, just like you I only know of where I came from and a few others, not because a little birdie told me not because of the news or radio or statistics because I’ve actually been there to witness…you can’t educate someone who is closed minded and you definitely can’t brain wash someone who obviously knows more then you…I look past our insecurity…don’t worry I won’t blame you for how you perceive things I could only feel bad for the place you were brought up…

    1. nonyabizzness says:

      Yeah sure, I have read your comment. News flash, I do not have to live in every corner of America to see with my own two eyes the truth. I have access to the net. And it gets me the information I desire in a heart beat. So much info in fact that it turned me on to this way of thinking. Guess what. You cannot do a search with the words free, or looting, or riot, or shooting/stabbing/rapeing/murder/robbing without some sort of referrence to black people. Try it and see. If it is free, particualry a function ya’ll show up in droves. And ruin it for everyone else. Even yourselves. I have lived in mostly black hoods. I have went to mostly black schools. I got schooled in what it was all about at a young age. If you were white according to the administration you where not right. But still the brainwashing I recieved covered this glaring hypocrisy up. I was force fed Black History Month. Today I say that a month is sure not alot of time to cram a peoples history in. Unless said people have not accomplished much anyway. Really look at what you have really done to improve this world. DIddly squat. If I am lying why do you have to have a special month anyway? We do not have one. Everyday I pass a building on a highway and see a ship or and airplane built by my people for the good of all. I pass by farms that feed a nation and half the worlds population. How bout it? And do not tell me about the peanut man. He even admitted to using other peoples works to advance his studies. And do not tell me about King. He did his thing, but with the help of many white faces in the march. I do not hate on your people as indivduals as that would be ignorant on my part. I am sick of the entitled attitude that many of you posses. I have watched this country torn down for over thirty years. i say ten was about the time I began to realize what was what. Look at Detroit. Look at Atlanta. Look at your very own Brooklyn. Care to tell me who dominates the positions of power there Wanna tell me who tears up the city and causes the most crime. Wanna explain t me about white flight. Hell yeah we run away. And the more succesfull blacks do to. I bet you cannot wait to escape that cesspool. So what happened? It is not insecurity on my part. It is eduaction. I really do see the glaring difference between you and me. And your comments just prove the inability of you to see past your own insecurity. It will not let you see some of your own people for what they are. And since you took a dress that you could have earned own your own hook it just proves my point. Now go and look in the mirror and get back to me.

  6. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    My advice to all the fools speaking out their ass is that if you do not completely understand something do say anything at all, do not speak on it, do not think of it unless your trying to understand…ignorance is ruling this country…all I know is when USA finally crumbles from being corrupted by people like yourselves I hope your still seeing things like how you are now because who you consider to be the “other” will not be willing to help you…USA got this far because of what it stands for and the different people that impacted it…good luck without these different people

    1. nonyabizzness says:

      I do understand. Perfectly

  7. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    Apparently because of peoples skin color they are getting welfare…I do not know what welfare even is…apparently because of peoples cultures they are favored more than anyone else…I did not know that Belle of The Ball was for one specific ethnic group especially on the very diverse campus of Brooklyn College…this story didn’t even scratch the surface of what happened at this event and who took part but yet the assumption of it favoring the black community is brought up. Its funny how you say you people instead of we when these events happen all the time in different neighborhoods, in different communities…what you should be saying is WE…but that wouldn’t make sense because a true american would participate or start a movement on what they believe in…I suggest you sit behind your computer and do just that…SIT because apparently all your good for is complaining and not doing

    1. noyabizness says:

      I am doing something, pointing out to the whole world that ya’ll are robbing “us” blind at every turn. Yes us as in U.S. as in the United States of America. As my mom used to say guilty dogs always holler and I sure as hell do not hear any of it coming from any other quarter other than the black community. Belle of the Ball equals a made up prom dedicated to the feel good vibe for the black community= one more case of the give me mine mentality= more miss informed whites giving away more entitlements= some day soon the well runs dry. Then what?

  8. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    This is where ignorance comes in. There were dress giveaways all around the country. All different neighborhoods. If you actually did your research you would find the white people your searching for. There is no “we” that you speak of. Us the USA, meaning as a whole, always look for an easy grab…there are coupons, discounts, walmarts!!!…there are no walmarts in the high poverty communities, the moment that you don’t see a white face you assume that white people do not take part in these events…the question is…where you there to witness no one who are considered white no attend this event?…white people as well as any other group of people receive opportunities…stop searching for a white face and start looking at why your pointing a finger when 3 more are staring right back at you…we,as in everyone, do not ask for these things people volunteer

    1. nonyabizzness says:

      I do my research, and as usual the whole thing was a sham to shuck and jive your way into the community coffers. Once again proving my point. Every time one of you comment it only shores up my aurgument that much more. So keep on whineing. How bout the picture issued with this article? Whose faces are seen? Just one more dumb white giving to an already entitled people.

  9. FollowingTeenParticipant says:

    Do you people really think that the american dollar would be of such great value if the diversity it endured didn’t come about? Do you truly believe that US of A would be as great as it is without the hand of other ethnicities, cultures, and religions? Please claim your 1st class one way ticket to hell…And FYI this event wasn’t for the black and did not just target “under privileged” individuals, anyone with a valid student ID could of walked in and claim a dress of their liking

    1. nonyabizzness says:

      So why don’t I see white faces? Maybe a little thing called pride? Why did I not see anyone else with a valid ID get them one. Just more blacks looking for a handout. And so far everything that has been posted by yall has pointed to this. Or is this just another racist story aimed at keeping blacks down. But hold on there. You folks where the once to que up at the trough. I would say wait until you join the real world. In for a shock. But we all know that the fairy tell does not exist. You will forever be coddled by society. A protected people who will never stand on your own. And will always play the race card. Even though you have a black man in office. And that horse has been beaten to death. Ever read the childrens book If you give a mouse a cookie? Read it and get back to me.

  10. followingTeenParticipant says:

    it is called browsing the internet and if not that then surrounding yourself by others who knows of these types of offerings. i am actuallly on of the teens that went to this event and are featured in one of the photos above…i would be glad to include to the ignorant fools above that i am not fully black so there for i speak for all that you are not only insulting the black community but your own as well. i am not pregnant nor am i completely under privilege. i am attending a university the following fall and im in the top 15 class ranking in my class. i applaud you people for your concern for it is you that drive me to reach for success…and for the record THE PRESIDENT IS BLACK if you havent noticed. these dresses were donated not paid for for the rest of the ignorant fools and just because you see black people doesnt mean they were the only ones that were there…thanks for the negativity because i am glad that i am the fuel to your thought

    1. nonyabizzness says:

      black enough for the handout though?

    2. nonyabizzness says:

      This sentence was put together by a college graduate. I sure feel for the Country.

  11. lori says:

    So this is where the small, sad, uneducated, disillusioned, bitter, hateful, spiteful, irrelevant, backbiting, misinformed, rednecked, unemployed, backwards, spineless, name calling, whites hang out when there are no jobs. Don’t worry, there’s a room full of your black peers on other boards waiting for a story that makes your race look bad too. Well as an educated, married, working, tax-paying African American, I pity you. You will die as you have lived, small and insignificant….ranting on an electronic board. Say whatever you want about me when I leave. Clearly you know that your opinions matter to no one, particularly me! Peace to TomNJ.

    1. nonyabizness says:

      Yeah and damn proud of it

  12. bertha hughes says:

    For all the negative remarks; listen real good, you are your fathers children;
    how can more be expected from the seed, when this land was stolen from the Native Americans, and then people were stolen from another nation,
    (Africa) to work it because they were too lazy to do it themselves. Ta Ta,
    racism in any color is ugly………..

    1. NoMoreHandouts says:

      Thank you for showing your ignorance. Those people you claim were “stolen” from another nation, were, in truth, SOLD BY THEIR FAMILIES. Not Stolen. Even back then, anything for a few coins.. gettin’ paid, that’s all that mattered. Go head on and sell Unca Joe, we doan need him ennyway. Oh, and the first slave owner in the US? Black man. He sued to have the right to own slaves. This is all on the record; it’s fact. Perhaps you should spend more time educating yourself and less time writing, since it’s apparent you aren’t any good at it. Also, Africa is a continent, not a nation.

    2. nonyabizzness says:

      bohhooooo boohhoooo bohhhoo talk about lazy. How bout dem dar handouts? Gibs me mah dress.

    3. nonyabizzness says:

      You people are gonna find the well dry one fine day. I cannot friggen wait. Then what? What are you gonna do when their are no more handouts. Will you then finally join the rest of us? Or will you always be a failed culture?

  13. bertha hughes says:

    Prom Queen, your comment speaks volumes about your ethnicity,morality,
    education and common sense;where you are lacking in each area. God have mercy on your ignorance. the Bible says “My people perish for lack of
    knowledge.” Get EDUCATED!!!!

  14. bertha hughes says:

    won’t you be surpised when on the last day of this life you find that our creator is black

    1. DaTruf Hurtz says:

      HAAA HAAA HAAA HAAA! Great! That was hysterical!!!!

  15. Nonya says:

    Why is it that of all the people in America “they” always seem to be the ” less fortunate”? They have so many more programs dedicated to them and only them. No others can get in on the freebies. No others can get on welfare so easily. No others line up in droves at the word free. It is not free. We pay for everything giving to them. My question is when will it end? Yes, what America did was not a good thing. Yes, it was wrong. But it is high time that they were made to stand on their own two feet. Do you not think that this economy effects ours as much as yours? You should feel guilty but I know you will not. You will always have the old arguments to fall back on. Always upset that you did not get more when you stuck your hand out. I see it as the main reason that we will always rise above most of you. And the truth is you do it to yourselves. You have someone in the highest office in the land. Voted in by many of our own. Do not tell me no we did not vote for him. You cannot back up that lie. You are still a minority in numbers though not perks. If we did not he would not have one. End of discussion. So most of the old ways are dieing. The truth is that We The People can no longer afford you. I mean blacks, white, all of us. You on the other hand will help to break this country. Where will you go then. No one else will put up with this nonsense. I say give it all back. Support someone who has supported you. Get off your mothers tit. Older children are not allowed a share of Mothers milk. You folks drain the tit dry and wonder why we are beginning to have had enough. I bet more than a few of you feel this way. I sure hope so.

  16. TomNJ says:

    I wonder if all you people with the racial comments would have the guts to get out from behind your safe little computer screens and say this sort of thing in public. And for the record, I am white, but I am not a racist and I will not post anything I would not stand behind. I have the feeling most of you big mouth idiots are cowards getting out your frustrations. Unfortunately, these girls who have these dresses will log on to see their story here and have to see your pathetic rantings. Bet you never though of that, did you?

    1. NoMoreHandouts says:

      Actually, yes, most of us DO say these things out from behind our little computers. Unlike you, who sit and fume quietly while thinking the SAME THINGS we say. Why? Because we speak the truth and you know it. This is just another way these overly-entitled idiots dupe the system. Food Stamps, Section 8, TANF, WIC.. They’re given everything they need to survive without having to work a day in their lives. Then they complain that they’re not getting enough! So, misguided whites, burdened by guilt they should not have, do things like this… How many underprivileged whites got free prom dresses? I’m betting none, or very few.
      As far as these “girls” seeing these comments.. why.. yes, that’s the whole point. They need to know exactly what we think of their Gibs Me Dat nonsense.

      1. TomNJ says:

        Your a moron

    2. DaTruf Hurtz says:

      I say these things and more everyday. I have too, I keep running into witless morons like yourself in my daily adventures!

  17. T. Williams says:

    All these comments are raycis. We blacks invented lots of things that you steal and claim was yours. We blacks built this country. Now we have a black man as presadent. I work hard driving the subway train so I dont have to come home to read these raycis comment about some young girls getting prety for there prom.

    1. TomNJ says:

      We all built this country. Not one race. It’s time to be Americans and leave the black/white stuff alone.

  18. AFNenlighten says:

    The free tents should only be available in bright orange and come with handcuffs, since the sheboons will be wearing both soon anyway.

  19. R. Roberts says:

    Good idea! Everyone deserves to have memories of their prom.

  20. kendra says:

    i think that is the most generous thing people could do for each other to help some1 less fortunate then them and may god really bless them more.

    1. DaTruf Hurtz says:

      I totally agree… Let’s stop giving them free money and just give them free dresses from now on. Much cheaper!

      1. DaTruf Hurtz says:

        In fact, my local Savers has a truly WONDERFUL selection!

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