WHAT IS THE GIFTED GOWN?
We officially began in 2013 and are a proud 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. 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.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO USE YOUR SERVICES?
Everyone is welcome from anywhere. We know how expensive formal and semi-formal events can be and we do not want anyone to miss out on attending milestone events in life due to financial hardship.
HOW DOES THIS WORK?
We are a 100% volunteer organization and we work on an appointment-only basis throughout the year. Our hours/days of availability may change without notice. We will post available open appointment dates for the month based on our volunteer schedules and availability. Once the dates have been published, you may go onto our website and book your appointment for the date/time that works best for you. When we receive the booking, we will send you the registration link to the email you used to book your appointment. You must register for an appointment via the link we send at least 48 hours prior to your appointment date/time so we may best prepare for your visit. After your appointment has been confirmed, you will visit us at our new boutique location at 3125 E. 10th Street, Suite K, Indianapolis 46201 where you will be assigned a Personal Stylist to help you find the perfect gown or suit/tuxedo for your special day. Appointments can only be made when there is Gifted Gown staff available. Again, all appointment dates/times will vary and may change without notice. Limit one Gifted Gown service per every 6 months. *Only one person per appointment time will be permitted.*
Some months we may not have the availability for open appointment dates and when this occurs, you may email us at least 2 weeks prior to your event date to request an appointment and we will check our availability and see if we are able to accommodate your request.
We also host special signature events several times a year which will be advertised and posted several months prior to the event. These types of events will require individuals to register prior to arrival but do not require special appointments to be set in order to receive our services.
If you have a group of 5 or more individuals, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org as we have to schedule large groups differently. Large groups are only accepted based upon The Gifted Gown Staff availability and space availability.
HOW MUCH DO YOUR GOWNS/ITEMS COST?
Everything we have is free of charge for anyone who needs it.
CAN I HAVE MORE THAN ONE GOWN OR SUIT/TUXEDO?
Sorry but No. We have to limit the number of items we give to each person so we are better able to serve everyone in our community and make sure we have enough items when needs arise. All guests receive the following: 1 gown or suit/tuxedo, 1 pair of shoes and an accessory item.
MY SISTER (BEST FRIEND, BROTHER, DAUGHTER ETC.) COULDN’T COME WITH ME TODAY CAN I HAVE A GOWN FOR HER/HIM?
Unfortunately, each person must be present and have a scheduled appointment to receive services from The Gifted Gown. Formal wear is very hard to fit and we would hate for someone to take a dress for another person and (1.) they may not like it or (2.) it may not fit. Sometimes you must try on at least 3 to 5 gowns/tuxedos/suits before finding the one that is just right for you.
I'M GETTING MARRIED! DO YOU HAVE WEDDING GOWNS AND IS IT THE SAME PROCESS TO RECEIVE ONE?
Yes, but it all depends upon our inventory on a daily basis. Wedding Gowns are very special so we have just a few on hand at a time. You may follow the guidelines above regarding registration and we will get back with you to schedule an appointment for your Personal Styling appointment. Wedding Gown appointments will be approximately 1.5 to 2 hours instead of the normal 1-hour appointment so be sure to note that you are requesting a wedding gown when you register.
WHERE DOES ALL OF YOUR INVENTORY COME FROM?
We live in the most amazing community on the planet and all of our inventory comes from the kindness of hearts. We receive donations from private donors, organizations, retail boutiques and corporate donors.
WHAT KIND OF DONATIONS DO YOU TAKE?
We take anything that is of a formal nature that is new, like new worn within the last 5 years and in excellent shape. Floor length gowns, shorter formal gowns, tuxedos, women’s and men’s dress shoes, evening clutches, jewelry and other formal accessories. We are always in desperate need of gowns sizes 16 and up, jewelry, and handbags. We also accept and are very grateful for,financial contributionswhich help us to continue offering our services and reaching more people within our community. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. Tax receipts will be given upon request.
WHERE CAN I BRING MY DONATIONS? (As of 8/1/2019 we are NOT accepting item donations until further notice)
We have 6 Donation Locations who accept donations on our behalf all year long:
Boomerang Boutique: 845 Massachusetts Avenue 46204
Queen Bee Vintage: 111 E. 16th Street 46202
The Hatch: 6161 Hillside Avenue 46220
Love’s Hangover: 159 N. 9th Street, Noblesville 46060
Elegant Hair Designs: 5920 E. Stop 11 Road, Suite C 46237
The Brow Bar: 2070 E. 54th Street, 46220
You may also bring them to our boutique (send us anemailfor an appointment for drop-off) 3125 E. 10th Street, Suite K, Indianapolis 46201.
I WANT TO HELP – HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?
First, THANK YOU. Second, you can go online and sign up on ourGiveGabpage which is where we house all of our volunteer opportunities. When volunteer opportunities become available, we will post them to our GiveGab page and you’ll be able to sign up to help for any of our opportunities which work best for you! If you are 18 years or younger, we're happy to have you as well but you must have the signedVolunteer Information Packet and be accompanied throughout our events or volunteer opportunities by your parent, guardian or authorized adult 18 years or older.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT YOU?
The fastest way to get a hold of us is via (email@example.com). We are able to respond quickly and easily and will have an answer to you within 24 - 48 hours.
The Gifted Gown Physical Address: 3125 E. 10th Street, Suite K, Indianapolis, IN 46201
The Gifted Gown Mailing Address: 6137 Crawfordsville Road, Suite F, #114, Speedway, IN 46224
Phone: 317-662-GOWN (4696)
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