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Spring is in the air and Cinderella’s Closet is primping for its annual prom boutique.
Sponsored jointly by LACASA and Snedicor’s Cleaners, Cinderella’s Closet is designed to provide high school girls with affordable formal wear while increasing awareness about substance abuse.
Girls are invited to sign the “Prom Promise,” a vow to stay alcohol and drug free on prom night, as part of their shopping experience.
This year, the boutique will be open on two consecutive weekends to accommodate varying high school proms being held throughout the county. Both boutiques will be held at Snedicor’s Brighton store location. All dresses are just $25.
Boutique dates are April 12 and 13 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 14, from noon to 5 p.m. Dates for the second weekend are April 19 and 20 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, from noon to 5 p.m.
New this year is a special raffle drawing for girls who sign the Prom Promise. Prizes will include prom-day hairstyle appointments or make-up sessions donated by local salons.
A “Dress Drive” is now underway at either of Snedicor’s locations in Howell or Brighton. Gently-used gowns or party dresses are needed in current styles, as are accessories including jewelry, purses, shoes, and hair adornments. Snedicor’s provides free cleaning for all donated formal wear.
“The contributions we have received so far are beautiful,” said Cinderella’s Closet Coordinator and LACASA volunteer, Hollie Heikkinen. “We are working hard to create an exciting shopping atmosphere for our high school girls.”
LACASA now sponsors Cinderella’s Closet following the nonprofit’s acquisition of the Family Resource Center late last year. The FRC first introduced the program in 2005 to provide affordable prom attire for low-income girls from Livingston County.
This program is part of LACASA’s education and prevention initiative that encourages high school girls to make healthy choices and create great memories on prom night.
“We want to build awareness among our young women that substance abuse and prom night don’t mix,” said Polly Mallory, LACASA’s family prevention services director.
“Peer pressure often comes into play on celebratory nights like this,” said Mallory. “We want girls to stay drug and alcohol free on prom night so they can truly enjoy a memorable evening.”
Mallory said that there is a direct link between substance abuse and crimes of violence and sexual assault.
“Our goal is to build awareness among young women that making safe choices will create lasting memories for themselves, their family, and their friends,” said Mallory.
Inquiries about dress donations may be made by calling LACASA at 517-548-1350.