Cinderella Affair offers free prom dresses to high school girls

The 15th annual East Valley Women’s League’s Cinderella Affair gives high school juniors and seniors from around the state thousands of prom dresses to choose from for free, along with shoes, purses and accessories at 411 N. McKemy in Chandler from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays March 26, April 2 and 9.

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Last year, nearly 1,500 dresses were given away to students statewide and more than 9,000 have been handed out since the program began.

“The biggest part of the Cinderella Affair is making the girls feel special,” said EVWL President Christina McNamara.

“It’s more than a dress and an outfit for one night.  It’s to be there, help them find the perfect dress, give them hugs and tell them how pretty they look.”

Dress Selection Process

Juniors and seniors with valid IDs participating in the Cinderella Affair will be provided with a numbered ticket upon their arrival at the Cinderella Affair Boutique.

Once that number is called, girls will be escorted to the dress room to choose five dresses to try on.  Volunteers will provide guidance and assistance.

Once a final selection has been made, volunteers will escort the students to a separate room to select shoes and accessories.

Volunteer seamstresses will be on hand to make minor alterations and repairs.  If needed, a dry-cleaning voucher may be provided.  Once the final selection is made, there are no exchanges.

Raychelle Shumway of Mesa, who participated in the Cinderella Affair in 2013 and has been volunteering ever since, “chose a dress that was short, black and kind of ruffly” for her junior prom.  “The dress was really cool and it made me feel so beautiful to put it on,” she recalled.

Event sponsors include Arbonne International Foundation, Captured Moments by Rita and Company, David’s Bridal, Strut Bridal Salon and Uptown Bridal & Boutique.

In addition to EVWL members, other volunteers are from the Assistance League of East Valley, AVNET Technology Solutions, CSI, ETC, East Valley Beaders, Junior League of Phoenix and various dry cleaners and hair salons throughout the Valley.

A full list of additional donors can be found at www.cinderellaaffair.org.

For more information about the Cinderella Affair and how to donate dresses and for volunteer opportunities, visit www.cinderellaaffair.org.

Founded in 2001 by sisters Tara Stainton and Tracy Worischeck, the 501(c)3 non-profit East Valley Women’s League makes a difference in the lives of underprivileged women and children in the community, raising and investing over $500,000 in a variety of worthy initiatives including our main projects, the Cinderella Affair (dresses for girls in need), Packing for Success (backpacks for students), Kids in Transition (support for foster kids) and Homebound Women (gifts and friendship for elderly women in the East Valley).

EVWL has also awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to students attending Arizona State University and Maricopa Community Colleges and in the Tempe Union High School District. EVWL also partners with Chemo Companions, SEEDS for Autism and Children’s Cancer Network. For more information, visit www.evwl.org.

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