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The Gifted Gown

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Causes: Human Services

Mission: The Gifted Gown is dedicated to cultivating self-esteem and to the empowerment of women and men in our community. We gift new and gently-used formal attire to people expressing financial hardship who deserve a helping hand with their special occasion celebrations. We provide a chic, fun and family-friendly shopping experience in a boutique environment for those who use our services.

Target demographics: Women and men of varying ages

Direct beneficiaries per year: 125 people

Geographic areas served: Indianapolis, Indiana and beyond

Programs: Gifting new and gently-used formal attire, shoes and accessories.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is such a great organization. It is amazing to see the all of the smiles on everyones faces when they find the perfect dress, shoes, and accessories. The environment is very welcoming and no one judges anyone. It was a great experience.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Thank you for this! It means the world to us that we are able to do this and help people everyday :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

For the past two years, I have had the honor and privilege of serving as a volunteer for the Gifted Gown.

This organization has allowed students of all walks of life to receive an amazing gift and opportunity to shine.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this empowering event.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

We are so honored to have you and YOU make us better!! Thank you so much for all you do and for all of your support :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is a wonderful organization that is helping girls and guys all over Indianapolis and the surrounding area find formal wear for important events. It’s an amazing sight to see these young people walk away with just the perfect outfit!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Wow thank you so much! We live to do this so your words mean so much to us. Thank you!!!!

Patty H.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to be a part of this since the start. I have seen so many smiles and so many tears of joy over the years. I love how genuinely moved the attendees and volunteers all are during the events. Such a great cause and I’m honored to be involved!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

From day 1 YES! None of what we are building could be done without you and we are so lucky to have you - thank you for years of love and support :)

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is a wonderful experience that I have been fortunate to witness for myself. To see the smiles on the girls faces is a memory that never leaves your mind. Everyone is treated equally and there is never any judgment, just smiles and laughter. This event is one that everyone in the community should be proud of and everyone should take the opportunity to check this out.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Thank you for taking the time to say these sweet things and thank you for your continued support of all we do - cannot do this without you!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is a wonderful asset to our Indianapolis community. The staff and volunteers not only help young people feel beautiful on the outside, but they are working hard to create a culture of inclusion and support. Our community is lucky to have the Gifted Gown!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

This truly touched us because it is our hope that everyone feels this and that is the whole goal! Thank you so much for taking the time to let us know - it means a lot!!!

Shelby M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Gifted Gown is such a great organization. They have helped so many girls in the Indianapolis area, and they are well known here in Indy. Such a great group of people running this!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Thank you so much for your kind words - it means so much to us to be able to help! Thank you!

Felicia K.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to volunteer with The Gifted Gown and also serve on the board. Seeing the faces of the young men and women receiving the gowns, suits, and accessories just proves how important this organization is and how impactful their mission is.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

The Gifted Gown is very lucky to have you! You are such an incredible partner and supporter of all we do - can't thank you enough!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In April, I volunteered for The Gifted Gown prom event, in which the organization outfitted more than 150 students from 30 different schools in six hours, treating each individual client with the personal attention and respect that every one of us deserves, regardless of socioeconomic status.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

We can't do any of this without you and we THANK YOU for all of your help and passion for helping our community!

bvaldettaro

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with The Gifted Gown was top notch. From meeting the staff and seeing the location on east 10th Street during a fundraiser, to viewing the inventory and then participating in the silent auction fundraiser. I went home knowing exactly what to pull from my closet that would help this organization with some of their special needs. Of course I was greatly impressed that Board Member, Jay Miller personally delivered my silent auction purchase, as well as pick up the 10 dresses that I donated. My experience was very positive and I look forward to working with Julia and her team again soon.


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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

Oh my goodness thank you so so much!!! You've been such a blessing to us and we look forward to working with you again and again. Thank you for believing in us and what we are doing!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally did not go to prom my junior or senior year because I could not afford a suit. I cannot get that opportunity back. Julia Rutland and her group understand how important self-esteem is especially to a young adult. And, how important some events in a young life can be. The Gifted Gown creates not only a wonderful shopping experience for those less fortunate, but creates lasting memories. To see the faces of the kids at the annual community event for The Gifted Gown and their families sharing in the experience is something special! I'm proud to know the people of The Gifted Gown!! My kids and I look forward to working with them again and often!!

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

And we welcome you anytime! Thank you so much for your kind words and for all you've done and continue to do for us!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

While I haven't had an opportunity to see The Gifted Gown interacting with their clients, I have had the opportunity to observe them behind the scenes on multiple occasions as they work with their Board, inhabit a new space, prepare for big events, and get to know their new neighborhood. I've been so impressed by the constant kindness, appreciation, and the true excitement and passion that is brought to every aspect of the work that they do. I'm so glad to be a partner to the Gifted Gown and am excited to see how they continue to grow and love their neighbors.

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thegiftedgown 10/26/2017

THANK YOU so so much!!! We are in love with our new neighborhood and our new space! Truly so nice to hear and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be able to work all year long to help more people. Thank you so much for your beautiful thoughts - we are very very grateful for you :)