Prom For Everyone
‘We make sure they get the royal treatment’
Cinderella’s closet is an organization that provides formal wear to girls who cannot afford prom dresses. There are 17 locations all over the United States who take donations of new or gently used formal dresses and accessories to be able to give to less fortunate junior and senior girls.
For one weekend in the spring girls are treated like princesses during their appointment and have a chance to wear one of the 1,000 dresses available for them.
This year’s appointments are on Friday, April 11 from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-noon at the Cincinnati location at Center Point Christian Church and Vineyard Cincinnati. Each appointment is made through a school/organization contact.
Teachers or organizations members can refer girls through the referral form online. The only limitation is that the girls have to be juniors or seniors.The director of the Cincinnati location Sara Mosteller says most of the decisions are up to the teacher .
“We trust the teacher’s judgement on choosing eligible girls. Some girls are in need of financial help getting a prom dress,” says Mosteller. “However, some girls have lost their mother or mother figure and need someone to help them with their dress decision. We all make sure to cater to whatever needs they have.”
The original Cinderella’s Closet was founded by Erin Peterson, a high school student at the time from Lakeside Park Kentucky, because she bought a dress for a girl she overheard in an consignment shop that could not afford the dress.
The original location in Kentucky alone has helped 2,000 girls in Northern Kentucky, so girls all over the U.S. can feel like a princess for a magical night, but with a renewed confidence that can last a lifetime.
KHS teacher Jane Stuft has seen the many positive effects of Cinderella’s closet over the years with Kings girls.
“Without Cinderella’s Closet one of my students said she would not have not been able to attend prom and that is what makes this organization so special,” said Stuft.
When girls arrive at Cinderella’s Closet they are treated like a princess by their personal shopper and they stay with them through the process.
“When the girls check in, they are paired with their own personal shopper and they go around one on one and sort through dresses,” Mosteller explains. “The personal shopper will help the girls pick a dress,try on the dresses, and accessorize. We make sure they get the royal treatment.”
Thousands of girls have been through the princess treatment at Cinderella’s Closet and the confidence boosting experience that will last much long after prom.
“Some girls say they have never been told they are beautiful and we make every girl knows how great they look in their dress, and also on the inside as well, and that’s the most important part,” Mosteller adds.
For more information on referrals, donations and volunteering Cinderella’s Closet log onto http://www.cinderellasclosetnky.org/