Annual Cinderella Affair provides free prom dresses April 6 and 13

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The annual Cinderella Affair, the East Valley Women’s League’s  all-volunteer signature event for high school juniors and seniors is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, April 6 and 13 at 411 N. McKemy in Chandler.

Students will select from new and gently-used prom dresses, shoes, purses and accessories for free.

The event is open to all high school juniors and seniors with a valid school ID.

The Cinderella Affair is the nation’s biggest free prom-dress giveaway with more than 6,000 dresses to choose from in all colors, fabrics, sizes and designs from sizes 0-32. More than 16,000 dresses have been given away since 2002.

An automated check-in process has been put in place for this year, the shoe and jewelry rooms have been doubled in size and dressing rooms have been expanded “to accommodate more princesses,” said Chief Fairy Godmother Traci Estenson.

A waiting room for parents and friends has been created on the first floor.

Juniors and seniors participating in the Cinderella Affair will be provided with a numbered ticket upon their arrival at the Cinderella Affair Boutique. Once a number is called, girls will be escorted to the dress room to choose five dresses to try on.  Volunteers will provide guidance and assistance. Admission is limited.  Girls not admitted on April 6 will have priority positions in line on April 13.

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.  Once the final selection is made, there are no exchanges.

Event donors include Arbonne Charitable Foundation, Captured Moments by Rita and Co., GlamSquad AZ, PromGirl, Formal Fashions, Lulus, Dillard’s, De Blossom, National Charity League (Ahwatukee, Arrowhead, East Valley, San Tan, Sonoran Centennial Chapters), North Central Women’s League and Bent Creative, LLC.

For more information about the Cinderella Affair and how to donate dresses and for volunteer opportunities, visit cinderellaaffair.org.  For more information about East Valley Women’s League, visit evwl.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 our community, raising and investing over $1 million in a variety of worthy initiatives.

Among the projects supported by EVWL are Cinderella Affair (dresses for girls in need), Kids in Transition (support for foster kids), S.U.I.T.S. (Setting Up Incredible Teens for Success), HUGS (mentoring teens living in group foster home care) and Buckling Babies (car seats to homeless pregnant women living in Maggie’s Place).

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