Cinderella Project, Honors Student Association, help local teens afford Prom

Over 250 girls were expected to come and "shop" at the event held on March 24 at St. Matthews Church.

For seniors in high school, prom is one of those events that you simply can’t miss.  It is the highlight of the year and more planning goes into this one night than the rest of the events combined.  However, for some girls, prom is not something to look forward too.  It’s something to worry about.  Every year girls struggle trying to make ends meet and save up enough money for prom dresses and accessories.  This is where the Cinderella Project comes in.

The Cinderella Project is a non-profit event run yearly by St. Matthews Church in Charleston since 2001.

This year, the College of Charleston Honors Student Association decided to get involved and volunteer as a part of their “Service Saturday” program. Annie Galizio, has been involved with collecting donations and recruiting volunteers.

She said, “The goal is to provide girls with the means to attend prom, no matter their financial ability.”

Hundreds of donations were received.

This year, the event was held on March 24 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at St. Matthews Church on King Street.  While the

program encouraged girls to come and “shop,” all of the dresses and accessories were completely free.

High school girls and their families from the tri-state area as well as all over South Carolina turned out for the event.

Prior to the sale Galizio encouraged students and members of the community to donate their old dresses, shoes and accessories.

She said, “We had hundreds of dresses, jewelry, shoes, purses, etc. It’s the most we’ve had since the start of the event.”

The Cinderella Project, while directly benefitting local high school girls, also hopes to reach out to the community, spreading their message and encouraging involvement.

Galizio said, “The Project builds self-confidence and self-esteem in young adult females and teaches the community the benefit of giving back.”

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