Are you excited? We are! It’s time to announce all of the details for the 2014 Charleston Cinderella Project.
Let’s start with a little background for those who might be new to the project:
First, this is a national project — just google Cinderella Project and you will see that events are held across the United States.
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, located at 405 King Street in downtown Charleston, has been hosting the Charleston Cinderella Project since 2001. It began in the small classroom of the Community Learning Center located next to the church. When I first started volunteering with the project in 2004, we received about 50 donated dresses and had about a dozen young ladies come out for the event. Over the years, the Charleston project has grown at an incredible rate. So much so, that several years ago, we relocated the project to the auditorium of St.Matthew’s.
Each year we spend January, February, and March collecting dresses and accessories such as purses, shawls, shoes, and jewelry. These donations come from individuals, groups – such as Zeta Tau Alpha sorority at the College of Charleston, and companies like Lula Kate and one of our Sponsors: Bella Bridesmaid of Charleston. These donations can be either gently worn dresses (we all have that friend who will wear an outfit only once…) or brand new dresses.
Then, during a Saturday in March, with the help of dozens of volunteers, and wonderful companies like Snyder, we do our best to transform an auditorium into a stylish boutique. Invitations go to all area high schools for girls who may need help in affording something to wear. Music plays, food is served, and help is on hand for each girl to find that perfect dress.
We also give away door prizes including gift certificates to local hair salons, nail salons, and restaurants so the happy couples can enjoy dinner before heading out to prom. Then, as each young lady leaves with her new dress in hand, along with some accessories to match, she is provided with a goodie bag filled with make up samples and personal hygiene products.
THIS YEAR’S EVENT INFORMATION
This year’s event will be on Saturday, March 8 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm at St. Matthew’s downtown on King Street.
We will need volunteers for set up the day before (the afternoon of the 7th) and the day of the event from 8:00 am-6:00 pm, in three hour increments.
Volunteers will assist with various things such as set up, break down, acting as a personal shopper for girls, helping keep the floor organized, handing out goodie bags, registration, etc.
If you are interested in continuing our efforts please email CinderellaProjectCharleston@gmail.com with your preferred time slot(s) from those listed below:
Set up on Friday afternoon (March 7: 12:00 til finish)
March 8: 8:00 am-11:00 am
March 8: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
March 8: 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
March 8: Break down from 4:00pm-6:00 pm
We will do our best to accommodate your specific requests.
I will work on a post introducing you to the 2014 Cinderella Project Team in the next few days.
Here’s to another successful year in giving back to the Charleston community, one dress at a time!