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1/9/14: Cinderella Project grants prom wishes, donations needed

Release Date: 1/9/2014

An auditorium is transformed into a beautiful boutique for the Cinderella Project, a community service project which provides free prom wear for high school girls who could not otherwise afford it.

Charleston Law students spend December through March collecting dresses, accessories and donations from local businesses and invite all area high school girls to attend. Music plays, food is served and help is on hand for each girl to find the perfect dress.

 “It helps give young girls the opportunity to be confident in their beauty and helps prepare them to make some wonderful memories for such an important milestone,” says Erica McDaniel the faculty liaison committee member for the Student Bar Association.

With the help of alumni serving as drop-off sites and donations from businesses, Charleston Law students have been able to successfully grow the annual event far beyond its modest beginnings.

Alumna Alissa Collins was inspired to bring the project to the Charleston School of Law as a first-year student in 2008.

“The response from the students, faculty and staff was incredible,” said Collins. “I am proud to say even now, three years after graduating, we still have incredible support from the law school community.”

Local sponsors like Bella Brides, Stuckey Law Offices and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Community Center  make the event possible.

“What I like best is simply serving as the connection between these two different groups,” said Collins. “We have a population of people out there who want to help—people who have the time, resources or goods needed, and we have a population of girls who are in need. Being able to connect these two groups is priceless, and one that can only be truly understood and appreciated by seeing the smiles on the girls’ faces as they come out in their new dress.”

The event will be held Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Community Center downtown on 405 King St, Charleston, SC 29403. For more information on volunteering, email Alissa Collins.

For a list of drop-off locations click here. For an event invitation click here.

Story by Kat Drerup