The all-volunteer East Valley Women’s League’s (EVWL) Cinderella Affair for high school juniors and seniors to choose new and gently-used formal wear along with shoes, purses and accessories at no cost is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, March 25, April 1 and 8 at 411 N. McKemy in Chandler.
Last year, nearly 1,500 dresses were given away to students statewide and more than 11,000 have been handed out since the program began in 2002.
“Our goal is and always will be to help make proms affordable and memorable for high school juniors and seniors across Arizona,” said Chief Fairy Godmother Traci Estenson. “Every year, we are overwhelmed by the incredible gratitude – and endless smiles – from the hundreds of young people who come to the Cinderella Affair Boutique. It’s as much fun for our volunteers as it is for the young people who come through our doors.”
For this year’s Cinderella Affair, students from the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) competed in a design contest organized by the AZ Apparel Foundation to create a plus-size prom dress that would be manufactured for the annual prom-dress giveaway. Nicole Begay was the winning student designer.
AZ Apparel Foundation teamed up with LabelHorde and AZ Fashion Source to provide the technical design, pattern making, prototyping, sourcing, branding and manufacturing for the project at Tempe’s new fashion incubator building, F.A.B.R.I.C.
Choosing the Right Dress
Juniors and seniors with valid IDs participating in the Cinderella Affair will be provided with a numbered ticket upon their arrival at the Cinderella Affair Boutique. Once that number is called, girls will be escorted to the dress room to choose five dresses to try on. Volunteers will provide guidance and assistance.
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. If needed, a dry-cleaning voucher may be provided. Once the final selection is made, there are no exchanges.
For more information about the Cinderella Affair and how to donate dresses and for volunteer opportunities, visit www.cinderellaaffair.org.