The Garden of Dreams Foundation held its third annual Garden of Dreams Prom Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The nonprofit organization, which works with The Madison Square Garden Company and MSG Networks Inc., partners with organizations around the Tristate area and invites teens facing obstacles to the event.
This year 50 children from the Police Athletic League of New York City hosted 50 children from the foundation’s hospital and Make-A-Wish partner organizations. Men’s Wearhouse provided the suits while Macy’s supplied the dresses.
Before the prom, the teens got ready with Bumble and bumble hairstylists and MAC makeup artists at the Affinia Hotel.
“I’ve been to a formal dance but not a prom,” said Anna Gomez, a 14-year-old high school student who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in the summer of 2013. “I don’t really wear that much makeup or anything, so I think it’s nice for a change to wear it.”
Celeste Gonzalez, a 16-year-old high school student, recalled getting to know all of the prom participants and learning their stories.
“We can be friends with someone and not know what’s going on with their lives,” said Gonzalez. “I’m just excited to be here.”
Model Damaris Lewis, who serves as chairwoman on the foundation, was also on hand at the prom prep event.
“Prom in the Garden is huge, but it’s really important that these kids become family,” Lewis told WWD. “A lot of the times they may be by themselves and I think this is an entire experience. They meet each other first and have their fittings and get their hair and makeup done. It’s kind of like going to school. It makes me really happy to see these kids brighten up.”
Before the prom, the children took a ride on a special bus trip around Manhattan and walked a red carpet prior to entering the venue. Other guests included model Alejandra Cata, members of The Rockettes, and Atlantic Recording artist DLOW.