For the 11th straight year, The Glass Slipper Project will make prom a reality for in-need high school girls by helping teens complete a signature look with free dresses and accessories.
Aiming to assist 2,100 girls this year, The Glass Slipper Project, a Chicago non-profit, collects new and gently used gowns, shoes, jewelry and handbags and gives them away during three shopping Saturdays each spring to Chicago-area high school students who are unable to buy their own attire.
“The Glass Slipper Project’s track record of support and commitment to thousands of our high school students over the past 11 years is unparalleled,” said Ron Huberman, Chief Executive Officer of Chicago Public Schools. “We truly appreciate all they’ve done to ensure that young women across our schools are able to attend and enjoy their prom, and come away with memories that last a lifetime.”
Since The Glass Slipper Project started in 1999, the organization has helped more than 16,000 girls find the perfect prom dress.
This year, the free Glass Slipper Project boutique shopping days will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 17, April 24, and May 1. The “boutiques” will be created within the rooms of unoccupied Abbott School, located at 3630 S. Wells.
Junior and senior girls from any high school — public or private, Chicago or suburban — can participate if they present a valid high school identification card or a letter from their principal on school letterhead at the boutiques. Students must be physically present at the boutiques in order to receive a dress.
Once inside the boutique, each student is paired with a personal shopper. The student is allowed to select one dress, plus related accessories and makeup, if the extra items are available. Only the first 700 girls will be granted admission to the boutiques, each shopping day. The Glass Slipper Project does not require proof of financial need.
“Even though they say we are in an economic recovery, many people continue to struggle and make sacrifices,” said Dorian Carter, co-founder of The Glass Slipper Project. “Our goal is to help families realize that going to prom is still an option and possibility.”
Students are encouraged to bring along one relative or guardian, but other family members must wait for their student in the waiting area. Small children won’t be allowed to shop with the student, and these children must be accompanied by a guardian, as babysitting services will not be provided. Glass Slipper also encourages students to bring something to read, and something to eat and drink, while they wait.
The Glass Slipper Project needs donations of new or almost-new dresses, particularly plus-size dresses, as well as formal shoes, purses and jewelry, and unopened cosmetics and hosiery. Donations may be delivered to Abbott School from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 17 and April 24, and from 9 a.m. to noon on May 1. Donations by check may be made to The Glass Slipper Project and sent to The Glass Slipper Project, P.O. Box A-3609, Chicago IL, 60690.
The Glass Slipper Project also needs volunteers for a variety of shifts and tasks. Volunteers must be age 18 and older and cannot currently be in high school. Volunteers must register at www.glassslipperproject.org.
For more information, visit the Glass Slipper website or call The Glass Slipper Project hotline at (312) 409-4139.