The East Hills Shopping Center was a little more glamorous Saturday afternoon after 22 local high school students took to the runway to model their future Prom dress.
Cinderella’s Closet hosted the fashion show to raise community awareness for their dress donation program. The non-profit organization provides free Prom dresses and accessories to young women who would otherwise not be able to afford things needed to attend their high school prom.
Cinderella’s Closet chairs Latonya Williams and Terra James worked with volunteers from the Junior League to assure students can afford these kinds of accessories.
“We don’t want a family to choose between ‘am I going to buy groceries this week’ or ‘is my daughter going to go to Prom’. We want them to be able to do both things and take care of their family," James said. "These are important milestones in a young woman’s life so it’s very important that they are given a dress, they are given the help that they need."
Williams said she volunteers with the closet because as a teenager she couldn’t afford to attend her own Prom and wants to ensure all St. Joseph students have the opportunity to go.
“A lot of the kids in the community cannot afford all the expense that goes into prom, but you still need those memories as a teenage girl,” Williams said.
Donations for Cinderella’s Closet can be made in the form of gently used formal dresses, shoes, accessories or a monetary donation. Donations can be made at Maurices inside the East Hills Mall, or at the AFL-CIO Building at 1203 N 6th St.
Cinderella’s Closet will be hosting two open giveaway events for high school students in need of Prom gear on Saturday March 17 and 24 from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Habitat for Humanity Building.