El Paso Foster Teens Celebrate Special Night


POSTED: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 4:36pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 5, 2011 - 6:12pm

EL PASO- It's the day dozens of teens in foster care have been waiting for -- their Quinceañera.

The Foster Parent Association wanted to make sure the teens got a night they will never forget and today, the girls spent the day getting dolled up for their big night.

Tri-State Cosmetology Institute has some special guests today, a group of more than 40 teenagers in foster care who are getting ready for a Quinceañera.  "All the teens are in different foster homes for different situations, different facts of life," said event organizer Ceci Navarrette.

This is the ninth year the Foster Parent Association holds the Quinceañera. The girls are getting treated like princesses today, getting their hair done, manicures and pedicures and their makeup, free of charge.

"For me to get this opportunity while I’m in the situation that I am, it's like a blessing," said Quinceañera Da’Monica Watkins.

"I wanted one because all my friends are having one, but like, I just couldn't. I didn't have the money for it. And it's really awesome that I got this opportunity," said Quinceañera Valeria Frescas.

Tri-state Cosmetology has been providing salon services to the Quinceañeras for the past eight years and they not only try to make things special, but they also make things fun.

"They dance. They just have a blast all day. They get to actually be teenagers," said  Tri-State Cosmetology instructor Sylvia Ruiz.

The girls have also been going to dance lessons and they'll dance the night away at Grace Gardens.

"It's going to be decorated beautifully with flowers and linens," said Navarrette. "We had the food catered by several donors. We're having brisket and beans and Spanish rice. It's going to be delicious."

The girls say the Quinceañera is more than just a nice party.  It’s also a chance for them to meet other teens in the same situation they're in.

“At least I know that I’m not alone in a situation, that I do have people I can go to," said Watkins.

The Quinceañera was made possible through donations from the community. The Foster Parent Association holds the event every year and they hope to count with your help for the next one.

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