Cinderella Project now in its seventh year - KLFY News 10

Cinderella Project now in its seventh year

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Prom season is near and Acadiana teen girls have the chance to find the dress of their dreams at no cost at all. Organizers with The Cinderella Project are gearing up for their seventh annual prom dress giveaway.

"It's like you're walking into a boutique," said Vanessa Adamson. "You'll have your own personal shopper helping you to find your own perfect dress."

The idea of a "boutique" filled with free gently used dresses of different sizes and colors started as a community project for UL Lafayette Americorps. Adamson, Assistant Director of Americorps, said "It started very small with maybe about 30 to 40 dresses and about 20 girls coming at the UL Lafayette Union."

Now, in 2014 the event, having outgrown previous locations, will be held at the Blackham Coliseum. Based on feedback from previous events, organizers are expecting an attendance of over 500 girls. Even with this many eager juniors and senior girls anticipated to attend, Adamson said they have more than enough inventory available, from Mardi Gras gowns to pure white dresses for seniors; all thanks to community involvement.

"You know it never fails. The community comes through and we can't even keep up," said Adamson.

Although dresses are collected all year long, February was the main donation month. All items received were steamed, counted then sent to Uncle Bob's storage until they are ready to be picked up by the perfect mate. Of course, a girl cannot wear just a dress. Shoes and accessories will also be ripe for the picking.

Adamson said, "Ultimately the goal is, they can walk out with their entire outfit for prom night." The process, Adamson said, can't be much easier. Any junior or senior girl from any parish can stop by; all that is needed is an ID and an eye for the ideal prom ensemble.

"It's not based on income. Let's face it. We only wear a prom dress one time or a Mardi Gras ball gown and you'll never wear it again. Recycle it, re-use it, let another girl have a special memory in it."

The event takes place on March 15th from 9a.m. to 3p.m. at the Blackham Coliseum. Attendees must have their IDs. Parents and friends are welcome to attend. Volunteers are still needed. To help with this special day, contact Vanessa Adamson at 337-262-1360.

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