Press Release for 2011 Prom Dreams


February 19, 2011

RCSD Graduates Presents, “PROM DREAMS!” Community Event

Shemeka Maxwell and Sheena Brown, Edison Technical 2001 Graduates Return Home for Community Event!

Rochester, NY (February) —Shemeka Maxwell and Sheena Brown are 2001 Edison Tech graduates and previous Rochester, New York residents, and they have returned to help their community. Prom Dreams is an annual UPLIFTING SISTER’S event that allows the dreams of young women in inner cities to come true by attending their high school prom. This event empowers young women to dream big while reinforcing the message that their dreams can come true. Each year we collect hundreds of dresses and host an event where these special young ladies are able to be queen for a day. The young ladies throughout the community are able to come view our selection of dresses and choose the perfect one. Some of the young ladies may also choose shoes and accessories for their upcoming prom. Some of the young ladies will have the opportunity to get their hair done for free by local stylists, Ronnie, from Vintage Hair Gallery, Triena from Diamonds Hair Salon, and One lucky girl will win a custom dress from local designer Nate of Nathaniel Original’s. This year’s event will be held on Friday, April 1, 2011 from 3-9pm and Saturday, April 2, 2011 from 11am-6pm at North Street Recreation Center, 700 North Street. This event is not to be missed there will be dresses from Atlanta, New York City, DC, Florida, Virginia and our very own Rochester, New York.

Donations are still being accepted and will be accepted up until 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2011.


Shemeka and Sheena are both natives of Rochester, New York, and they both graduated from Edison Tech high school in 2001. Shemeka currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia where she is working on her degree in respiratory therapy, and she makes frequent trips back home. Sheena went to George Mason on a full athletic scholarship. She had a prestigious career, and she even competed at the USA Track & Field Championships. She graduated with a degree in Management Information Systems and currently lives the Virginia area with her husband. Sheena did not have an easy upbringing, but she made it because she valued education.

Shemeka and Sheena are very passionate about giving back to the community, and in 2009 they began working to create UPLIFTING SISTER’S. UPLIFTING SISTER’S is an organization that develops and provides innovative educational workshops, activities and mentoring to inner city youth. Our goal is to help our youth unlock their hidden potential through continuous encouragement, respect, admiration, and accountability. We strive to educate and to broaden the hopes, dreams and goals of our young people through active partnerships with parents, schools and professionals. Thus, allowing our young children of today to thrive and become future leaders of tomorrow. SISTERS will encourage success and enhance a yearning for lifelong learning throughout their high school journey and beyond.

Shemeka Maxwell & Sheena Brown
Founders & Organizers
Phone: (585) 201-8651


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