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FIT Students Create a Prom for Seniors at Hudson Guild Fulton Center

Loretta Lawrence Keane, Vice President for Advancement and External Relations
Cheri Fein, Executive Director of Public and Media Relations, 212 217.4700 or

Center Is Transformed Into Spring Wonderland

Prom Night was an afternoon spring gala this year for 150 seniors at the Hudson Guild Fulton Center in Chelsea. On Wednesday, March 24, the Jay and Patty Baker Scholars of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Hudson Guild recreated a high school senior prom for the seniors at the center, located at 119 Ninth Avenue between 17th and 18th streets. The event was free to all center members and guests aged 55 and over.

The festivities began with mocktails and hors d'oeuvres in the cafeteria, transformed by the Baker Scholars into a spring theme with hanging floral arrangements and large tulips decorating the walls. Pianist Quentin Fielding performed. Ladies had their hair and make-up done in preparation for the prom by FIT students and staff.

Later, seniors had photos taken, danced to live music, and enjoyed a dessert buffet. Raffle prizes were awarded and six couples were chosen Prom Kings and Queens.

To plan this festive and nostalgic event, Ashly Juskus, FIT Baker Scholar and student coordinator for the prom, spoke with the seniors to find out what kind of a prom they envisioned. Based on their requests, the Baker Scholars decorated the center, made food, requested donations of special occasion apparel for those who needed it, and provided a DJ, photographer, and prizes. The Baker Scholars have also assisted the Hudson Guild with its annual Thanksgiving dinner for the past two years.

The Baker Scholars are recipients of the Jay and Patty Baker Scholarships, established in 2002 for students in the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at FIT. The scholarships are funded from a $10 million gift received by FIT in 2001 from Jay Baker, retired president of Kohl's Department Stores, and his wife, Patty. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, community service, and commitment to a non-smoking lifestyle.

The Fashion Institute of Technology is a selective college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, with 44 majors leading to AAS, BFA, BS, MA, and MPS degrees.