Cinderella Project Calls for Clothing Donations

COLUMBIA, S.C., February 7, 2012 - - It is every teenage girl’s dream to go to prom and dress like royalty for a night. But for some South Carolina students, finances prevent those dreams from coming true. Thanks to the South Carolina Bar Young Lawyers Division and the AKA Sorority, the Cinderella Project is allowing every South Carolina girl’s dream of dressing like a princess on prom night to become a reality.

The South Carolina Bar is calling for members of the community to donate gently used formal gowns and dresses, jewelry, shoes, and purses to its annual Cinderella Project. The Cinderella Project began more than ten years ago by the South Carolina Bar and local law firms in an effort to make sure every teenage girl has an opportunity to have a prom dress regardless of her financial status. Once the Project gathers donations for socially and economically disadvantaged high school students, teenage girls from area high schools are invited to attend a boutique held in the spring to “shop” for a dress and other items at no cost. With thousands of dresses to choose from, girls of all shapes and sizes can find the prom dress of their dreams. In 2011, the Midlands project had a record turn out with over 375 girls leaving the event with a prom dress.

“We want every girl to have a special and memorable prom experience and in this economy that dream is out of reach for many families. The purpose of this event is to guarantee every girl has an opportunity to have that Cinderella moment,” says Michelle Kelley who is the Midlands Chair for the Cinderella Project, an attorney at Richardson, Plowden & Robinson, P.A., and also a Commissioner for the South Carolina Commission on Women. “From plus sizes to petite sizes, we need dress donations from the Midlands community to provide these girls with the selection of dresses they deserve.”

SC Bar is encouraging women of the community to dig deep into their closets and pull out their gently worn formal dresses for donation to the Cinderella Project. This year’s fashion trends include cocktail dresses, bright colors, sequins, and evening accessories such as shoes, jewelry and purses. Donated dresses should be clean and on hangers.

The 2012 dress donation drop-off locations are Richardson Plowden, The Junior League of Columbia Headquarters, M Boutique, Lexington Town Hall, Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce, Chapin Chamber of Commerce, and the West Metro Chamber of Commerce. These locations accept donations during business hours Monday through Friday until the deadline for donations on Friday, February 24.

When asked what she enjoys most about the Cinderella Project, Kelley says it’s the feeling she gets when she sees a girl find her dress. “Seeing the smiles on the girls faces when they find their dream dress reassures us that this project is important and worthwhile.”

The official “shopping” day for high school students of the Midlands will be Saturday, March 3 at the USC School of Law Auditorium from 9:00 a.m. until noon. For information about donation drop-off locations and shopping day details in other areas of the state, visit www.scbar.org.

About Richardson Plowden
Established in 1973, Richardson Plowden Robinson, P.A., is among the 20 largest law firms in South Carolina, with more than 30 attorneys in offices in Columbia and Myrtle Beach. A full service law firm, Richardson Plowden has more than 25 practice areas providing legal counsel to local, state and national clients. For more information, visit www.RichardsonPlowden.com.

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