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Dress donations give high school students hope for prom

Dress donations give high school students hope for prom

February 28
22:27 2013

Emily Bentley / Staff Writer

As part of yearly preparations for high school proms in the Denton area, the Cinderella Project will be accepting gently used formal dresses today and Saturday to help students who can’t otherwise afford them.

“It’s really beautiful to watch girls find the dress that just makes them look awesome,” said Sharon Miller, the project coordinator in charge of the event since 2007. “Once they find the dress, some won’t take it off and you get to watch them just wander around the event looking awesome and feeling good about themselves.”

West Hall resident director Russell Lopez, who is also a volunteer for the project, said the largest number of donations come from students.

“All of our residence halls have donation sites up at their front desk, where residents and students from all over UNT can donate,” he said. “Sororities and other on-campus organizations have been our big supporters for a long time.”

The annual event typically gathers about 150 dresses for high school girls to select.

“We ask for formal and semi-formal dresses and often get the whole range,” Miller said. “We get short and simple ones, huge princess dresses, and classic ones.”

Volunteers will help collect donated dresses, set up and tear down the event, help students find dresses, usher fitting rooms and volunteer as on-site seamstresses.

“Volunteering for this event is a privilege,” said Lopez. “With all of the neat things I get to do during the academic year, this one is by far one of the most fulfilling.”

The event is being held at the Wesley Foundation Student Center from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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