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The price tag of a prom dress can range from $200 to $400 and higher. The accessories, tickets, transportation, flowers, hair, makeup, and nails included can exceed more than $1,000.00. Many high school girls are forced to pass on this rite of passage.
We were told of a program called Cinderella’s Closet in Lakeside Park, Ky., that was offering free prom dresses to teen girls who receive referrals from school counselors or social service agencies.
This program operates out of Immanuel United Methodist Church under the directorship of Erin Peterson of Erlanger. She began the program three years ago after she had an encounter with a young lady living in a foster home that could not afford a dress for $34.95 in a consignment store. The program operates just a few weekends a month, but donations of dresses and accessories are collected all year. On Saturday, March 20, 2010, more than 300 teens were outfitted for their prom.
Seven of our Trimble County young ladies were among this elite group as they spent Saturday being treated like princesses by their “Fairy Godmothers.” Their “pumpkin” was a Trimble County school bus.
They were escorted to a waiting room filled with pink cupcakes and pink candy. They were taken to a room with thousands of prom dresses. Each girl tried on the gowns of their dreams, and were then taken to find the perfect “slippers” to match, along with accessories.
There were a multitude of ladies to assist in their quest to find the perfect ensemble for prom night. It truly was a fairy tale in the making for these young ladies, who would possibly not be able to attend prom for one reason or another.
Every one of these princesses was absolutely beautiful in their selections, and everyone deserving of the special treatment they received in this special gift of their dream night to come true.
The day was about more than “just a dress”; it was a transformation for these young ladies as well as those of us who were honored to be a part of this day.
We would like to thank all the “Fairy Godmothers” and Cinderella’s Closet for making dreams a reality.
Denise Hall, coordinator
Famil Resource and Youth Services Center