Feb 6, 2014 8:20 AM by Kristen Holloway

Cinderella Project

UL AmeriCorps is teaming up with the Cinderella Project of Baton Rouge to help make prom dreams reality.

This spring, high school juniors and seniors will get to choose from hundreds of new and gently used gowns, hoping to find that perfect dress just in time for prom.

"I was so surprised it was there, it was a brand new BCBG Dress with the tag still on it a little stain but I was like oh my goodness this is gorgeous," said Lafayette High Senior Avery Adamson.

Adamson participated in the Cinderella Project last year. Recently she donated her prom dress so someone else can enjoy the gorgeous gown.

"It's such a beautiful dress and even though I fell in love with it, I want someone else to experience that same feeling I got when I found it," said Adamson.

Last year more than 300 girls walked away with a dress. AmeriCorps Assistant Program Director Vanessa Adamson says they've already received twenty brand new dresses from Park Lane.

"Our goal is to get as many girls as we can to come in and find their dress," said Vanessa Adamson. "Prom is very expensive especially for girls, hair make up, dresses, accessories, why not come find a dress it's completely free."

Juniors and seniors across Acadiana will be able to shop not only from a selection of prom dresses, the give-away will also include shoes and accessories.

"I think they were surprised when they walked in last year and walked out with a dress even more excited that they found their perfect dress," said Vanessa Adamson.

"Its just an amazing experience its also emotional to for girls who may not be fortunate enough to purchase an expensive gown and if you need one this is definitely the place to get it," said Avery Adamson.

If you want to donate a new or gently used dress, you can drop those donations off at the AmeriCorps office located on Johnston Street and Deano's Pizza. State police are also collecting gowns.

The dress give-away is March 15th from 9a.m. - 3pm at the Blackham Coliseum. This event is free with your student I.D.



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