Glass Slipper Project makes prom dreams come true

March 25, 2014 (CHICAGO)

Ladies, dig into your closets and dig out those formal dresses you no longer wear. The Glass Slipper Project is taking donations to help high school girls get ready for prom. Smitten Boutique just west of the Loop is collecting dresses with a beautiful past and romantic future.

"The price of prom goes up every year and we're trying to cut down the cost as well as keep these dresses out of landfills and give them a second chance," Susie Gura, spokesperson for USAgain, said.

For the second straight year USAgain is teaming up with the Glass Slipper Project to collect the dresses. All they ask is that the gowns be in good shape and appropriate for a high school prom.

"I had great joy when I went to the wedding wearing that dress and I want to pass it on to someone who will use it and share the same joy," Mia Wang said.

All of the dresses will be cleaned and, if needed, repaired by Zengeler Cleaners in Deerfield. They have done this now for eight years. Then, on Saturday, April 5 and 12 from 9 .am. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, 26 from 9 a.m. to noon, the prom dresses will be given out free to Chicago area high school girls in need at Price Elementary School, 4351 S. Drexel Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60653.

"Every girl should go to prom despite the expense of it," Dorian Carter, cofounder of Glass Slipper Project, said.

Dresses can be dropped off at Smitten Boutique, Zengeler's Dry Cleaners locations, Yorktown Mall, and Block 37. The Glass Slipper Project is also looking for volunteers, see if you can help at

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