Council Praises Work of 100WomenStrong, Irene’s Prom Closet

The Loudoun School-Business Partnership Executive Council has selected 100WomenStrong and Irene’s Prom Closet as the 2019 recipients of its Make a Difference Award.

100WomenStrong was chosen for providing grant money to fund a full-time community school coordinator at Sterling Elementary. The community school coordinator works with the principal to create and bring critical resources and programs to the school, including after-school activities for students and classes for parents.

Irene’s Prom Closet was praised for providing 4,239 economically disadvantaged Loudoun County Public Schools students with formal wear so that they could attend events such as the homecoming dance and prom. The program was created as a legacy to Irene Picota, Maria Vallarino’s daughter, who died unexpectedly at 23. Vallarino accepts donations throughout the year.

Representatives from 100WomenStrong and Irene’s Prom Closet will be honored during the Partnership Recognition Breakfast on March 8 at the National Conference Center. Table sponsorships for the breakfast are $500 each with individual tickets costing $50. To register for the breakfast, go to

The Make a Difference Award recognizes Loudoun school-business partners and individuals who make a significant, lasting, positive difference “in the lives of our children, our community and our future through innovative programs, leadership, and partnerships benefitting Loudoun County Public Schools.”

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