Music Department Boosters' formal wear collection begins

The Wilton High School Music Department Boosters have begun their annual drive to collect unused and unneeded formal attire for the Concert Performance Attire Recycling Program.

All members of the performance ensembles at Wilton High School — band, orchestra and chorus — must purchase formal attire to wear at concert events. Girls must purchase a floor-length dress, and boys wear tuxedos.

As Dottie Jankowski, music boosters president, explained, “There are unused dresses, and perhaps a few too-small tuxedoes, lurking in closets all over Wilton. A few parents approached me about a way to recycle this attire for incoming — and growing — students. They arranged for space in a music department closet — now known as the “Good Wilton Closet” — and organized the logistics of distribution for the fall. Of course, spring collection is critical to the program’s success.”

Families are encouraged to drop off clean, unneeded formal attire at the POPS concert Wednesday, May 28, at the Clune Center. A collection bin will also be available in the high school lobby in June.

Last year was recycling program’s inaugural year and more than 25 dresses were donated along with tuxedoes and individual items like pants, shoes, jackets and bow ties as well. Approximately 15 girls and 10 boys were helped with concert attire in the first year.

Next fall, before students are measured for formal concert wear, they will have the opportunity to shop at the Good Wilton Closet, where everything is free.