Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Royal Treatment: The Care Closet's Pre-Prom Pampering Event

"The most luxurious possession, the richest treasure anybody has, is his personal dignity." - Jackie Robinson

Pre-Prom pampering volunteers 2017 (photo: Care Closet)


Carol Weinel, founder of the Care Closet wanted to do something special for teenage girls who might skip their high school prom. Three years ago she enlisted members of the community including Fort Thomas resident Diane Beach who generously gave their time and talent to a handful of young women from the Dayton school district who come from disadvantaged homes.

Makeup (photo: Arbonne)


The Pre-Prom Pampering Event starts with a catered lunch. Prior to the evening the young women have "shopped" from a selection of gently used, on-trend gowns until finding the perfect match. All the trimmings are provided from sparkling earrings to dazzling shoes.

Makeup artists, nail technicians, hair stylists and fashion mavens ferry in curling irons, straighteners, hair pins and spray, pails of nail polish, tubes of mascara and a multitude of eye shadow palettes. By focusing their attention on this group of young women they impart more than shimmer to the faces of eager teenagers. Their actions work collectively to show this is a community that cares and wants to see these young women enjoy their high school prom.

Eye shadow palettes (photo: Arbonne)


Fort Thomas resident Diane Beach is an Arbonne consultant and will be returning to the Pre-Prom Pampering Event this May to share her time, talent and Arbonne makeup supplies. She brings a small team of makeup artists to work with each participant to achieves their desired look. We asked her a few questions about her experience volunteering for this special event.

Fort Thomas Matters (FTM): Tell us a little about your experience at the Pre-Prom Pampering event.

Diane Beach (DB): I’ve participated in the Pre-Prom Pampering Event for the last 2 years. We have approximately16-20 girls in attendance. Prior to this event they select their dress and shoes.  It’s a great opportunity for people to donate gently used, still on-trend dresses for the girls to choose from. 

FTM: How does an event like this impact the community and why is it important?

DB: Every girl dreams about Prom night, and this is just a small way to make that dream a reality for girls that otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford to go. When the girls come, they are treated to a nutritious lunch. We have stations set up for the girls to visit….hair, makeup, nails, brows, jewelry to name a few. The girls are so grateful for the attention that they get, and that makes it all the more rewarding to see the smiles on their faces when they look in the mirror and see themselves all glamorous!

Arbonne makeup brushes (photo: Arbonne)

FTM: What is your personal takeaway and why will you continue to participate?

DB: I love participating in this event. It’s such a small way for me to give back to these girls, and let them know that they are beautiful and special and deserving of getting the royal treatment. I don’t know, but I like to think that they walk out of there seeing themselves in a different light.  

The Care Closet's Pre-Prom Pampering Event is an afternoon devoted to the dreams, frills and glamour of high school prom. The event is ultimately about inspiring confidence, showing love and dignity. Everyone should have the opportunity to make a fearless entrance and to experience caring hands that honor and respect. These beautiful young women enter the party filled to the brim with self-confidence, heartened by the kindness of others.

Each participant leave with a bag full of goodies! (photo: Care Closet)


The Pre-Prom Pampering Event would not be possible without the help of many volunteers and donations from the community. The Care Closet is active year round. Volunteering with the Care Closet is a great way to connect with the wonderful people in our community that are making a difference.

If you or someone you know can perform nail or hair services please contact the Care Closet -

If you are interested in providing lunch for the participants please contact the Care Closet -

To learn more about Arbonne products visit Diane Beach's Arbonne website.

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