Feb 13, 2013 12:15 PM by Blair Blanchard
With prom season quickly approaching, the Cinderella Project of Lafayette is making it possible for many high school girls to look their best. The Cinderella Project grants girls who may not be able to afford prom attire access to free dresses, shoes, and accessories to wear for their big night.
In partnership with the Cinderella Project, local businesses UL Lafayette AmeriCorps and Raising Cane's restaurant are this year's locations for the collections and donations. Donations can be delivered to the UL Lafayette AmeriCorps office or any Raising Cane's restaurant in the Lafayette or Broussard areas from now until February 22. The donated items must be dry-cleaned and placed on hangers, and can include long or short dresses.
"A lot of people are starting to hear about it and getting excited about it and that is really helping us. Our community has really come together, and this year we'll have lots of new dresses plus gently-worn dresses," said Vanessa Adamson, director of the Cinderella Project of Lafayette and assistant director of UL Lafayette AmeriCorps.
Other monetary contributions and donations of other items and services such as gift certificates to restaurants, beauty salons and for limousine or photography services are also greatly appreciated. The items will be distributed on Saturday, March 9 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Lafayette Hilton Garden Inn.
Overall, the Cinderella Project has distributed 3600 prom dresses to students at 84 high schools in 18 parishes statewide.
The Pinhook Foundation, Uncle Bob's Storage, Antoinette's Formals, and Lamar Advertising all provide additional support for the Lafayette effort.
For more information, including donation guidelines and business hours for drop-off locations, visit www.cinderellaprojectla.org. To volunteer, call 262-1360.