Carol Cianfrini doesn’t remember what she wore to her prom in 1953, but she certainly remembers her date. She and the handsome El Camino College student, John Cianfrini, would marry the following year.
“It was just an exciting time,” Carol said. “I was one of the few going to Inglewood High who was engaged and ready to get married in my senior year.”
Now, Carol and John — who along with their business, Crys-ti Cleaners, have been a fixture in Glendale’s Adam Square neighborhood for 46 years — are working to ensure that another generation of young women can reflect on prom night with fondness.
The couple and their staff spent the week cleaning, spotting and pressing dozens of donated gowns to be gifted to teenage girls in the custody of Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. The prom-goers will select their dresses at an event at Valley Beth Shalom in Encino on Sunday.