At some point in her life, just about every girl dreams of the perfect prom dress. Unfortunately, some families aren’t always in a position to make that dream come true.
Enter the Glass Slipper Project. Founded last year by Angie Graham through First United Methodist Church, the project helps local girls get into a prom dress.
Though dress prices swing from reasonable to outrageous, the nonprofit organization gives every girl a chance to attend prom properly attired.
To accomplish this, the Glass Slipper Project accepts gently used dresses, shoes, accessories and monetary donations to assemble a wide array of clothing for juniors and seniors.
“Our primary goal is to provide girls with prom attire to enable them to go to prom,” Graham said. “We want them to feel confident and beautiful, and we want to teach them about sharing and helping others.”
Graham’s love of volunteering and helping others, along with her involvement in “Dress for Success,” an organization that helps women seeking work acquire proper business clothing, gave her the inspiration to pursue the project.
Because “Dress for Success” allows for smaller cities to have affiliates, Graham decided that the Glass Slipper Project was the logical next step.
“I wanted to bring a little bit of this to our community, so that’s why I decided to start it here,” she said. “We have a lot of events in Graham, and I know lots of women who have dresses sitting in their closets, moms and daughters, and I wanted them to have a specific place to get the (dresses) to.”
Graham said that last year proved successful for the project, and she hopes that this year will be even better.
“I was so nervous because I didn’t know how many girls we would have (last year),” she said. “I did a little research and knew there was a need in the community. I was hoping for five to 10 girls, and last year we had 20 girls. We had so many people donate dresses.”
Donations came in by the dozens, and money was given by those without dresses to donate.
GHS senior Tiffany Brewer was thankful that the project was available last year when she was a junior.
“I loved my blue dress from Glass Slipper last year,” Brewer said. “The Glass Slipper shopping not only helped save money but was exactly what I was looking for. I had my own earrings but loved the necklace I picked out. I am looking forward to going this week or next.”
As new as it is, the project already has built-in contingencies. For example, if a girl can’t find a dress in her size, Graham finds one online and uses the monetary donations to pay for it.
The program is set up through Graham High School, and GHS teachers Jimi Bates and Susie White are in charge of making arrangements between students and the Glass Slipper Project.
Read more in Wednesday's Graham Leader.