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JACKSONVILLE, Florida–It was an afternoon filled with fairytale moments and Cinderella transformations.
Just in time for the holidays, USO Operation: That’s My Dress! gave 400 Jacksonville-area military teens day filled with glamour, pampering and fun while they each selected a formal dress designed by Sherri Hill.
“We hope they’re thrilled,” Hill said. “Some girls have never tried on a dress like this. So it’s almost like playing dress-up”
In addition to leaving with a new gown, teens also received Stella & Dot jewelry, L'Oreal make-up and hair products and other beauty items to complete their outfit. Teens could even get their hair and make-up done as well as consult with celebrity stylists and pageant contestants about their new look.
“My biggest wish is that these women leave feeling empowered, that they feel like they can do anything and accomplish anything they want to,“ said Ray Kennedy, Vice President of Programs for USO of Metropolitan New York. "I want them to feel like they are rock stars and whatever dream they have, it can be attained.”
Before the beautification process, teens also enjoyed a fashion show featuring Miss USA and Miss Teen USA state titleholders, as well as a performance by the USO Show Troupe.
But that’s not all.
To help the entire family get in on the fun, the Greater Jacksonville Area USO expanded USO Operation: That’s My Dress! to include the entire family Homecoming Football Party, including a tailgate, a football game viewing and giveaways for the whole family courtesy of the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN and L'Oreal.
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