Updates & Thanks

Hello Cinderella followers! Are you ready for an update? We got it for ya:

About two weeks ago we had some crushing news… St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, our venue for the last 13 years, informed us that due to restorations on their sanctuary, they have been holding church services in the auditorium, and as a result we couldn’t host Cinderella there. Okay.. no big deal, except that we were six weeks out from the event . . . posters had already been designed and printed . . . information had be published all over already.

But, we have some incredible ladies working on this project (meet the committee) and rather than throw in the towel, we buckled down, networked our connections, and made some cold calls. Sherry with Martin Luther Lutheran Church (one of our donation locations) met with us to scope out her church as an option . . . favors were called into the College of Charleston to possibly use one of their gyms . . . but today, we toured John Wesley United Methodist Church and are very happy to announce the 2014 Cinderella Project will be held there.

So where?

John Wesley

John Wesley United Methodist Church, 626 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407.

Great — venue is locked down!

And for those posters that were previously edited and printed with St. Matt’s listed as the venue … Danielle at Ross Printing hooked. us. up. Poster was edited within minutes:

JW

BOOM!

So, what else has happened since we just dished the details about the 2014 event? Lots…

First, we need to send our thanks to AAA Storage downtown on Line Street. Why? Well, because without the storage unit they donate (second year in a row), our houses would look like we belong on A&E show: Hoarders. Seriously, we are all so thankful to have one location to keep the donations leading up to the event date.

What Donations?

Well – Haley who works at Shelly Leeke Law Firm (our Goose Creek donation site) is friends with the manger of Bridals by Jodi and they donated 35-40 new dresses!

Next – this is a quick shout out and thank you to Allison and Bella Bridesmaid of Charleston – one of our three annual sponsors. We will do a feature post on Allison in the coming days, but for now, we need to express our sincere gratitude for her continued support over the years. This year alone, she’s made two donations: the first included 50 new dresses and 10 pairs of shoes; the second totaled 70 new dresses. Some of the donated dresses from last month are shown below:

BB Dresses

That same week, we connected with Taco Boy. Yeah, we took a shot in the dark and tweeted at Taco Boy back on January 10th:

@TacoBoyCHS -Think @ChsCinderella can snag a gift certificate to TB to give away as a door prize so one lucky couple can get dinner b4 prom?

Their response (within 20 minutes):

@ChsCinderella absolutely! email us @ info@tacoboy.net-We have lots of ladies that work in the restaurants that might want to help/donate!

So we followed up and within a few days we ended up with this:

Taco

That is one-hundred-twenty-five dollars in gift certificates! Hello, door prizes!

Speaking of door prizes, our awesome Donation Coordinator Laura Paris Paton reached out to Stella Nova another local business that has supported CP in the past. This year, they graciously donated several gift certificates for make up lessons for some lucky ladies.

SN

Here is a photo of Project Chair Alissa Collins (L) and Laura Paton (R) accepting the gift certificates from the dtown Stella Nova

Pretty great stuff, right? Well, let’s talk about what’s gone on this week (yes, and it’s only Wednesday).

On Monday morning, I headed to Mt. Pleasant and the ABC Channel 4 newsroom to appear on Lowcountry Live! Photo of the “green room” below:

LCL

This was my third year appearing and it’s been a wonderful experience every time. LCL is actually how I met the lovely Tessa Spencer  (center photo above) who has also generously assisted with our PR push. This year, we got a six minutes segment (woah!) and in case you missed it, don’t worry, we spotted it posted online and have pasted the link HERE.

On my way back to the office, I passed a SKIRT! stand and remembered… THE FEBRUARY PUBLICATION WAS OUT! Why would that be exciting? Because Margaret Pilarski, Editor, has been a wonderful supporter of our project for years. We hope she knows just how much we appreciate the blurbs in the publication. Go pick up your FREE copy today. But, if you want a little sneak preview – we’ll indulge you:

Skirt!

Exciting Monday. Wait ’til you hear about today. It started with securing our venue at John Wesley United Methodist Church in West Ashley. Then I headed over to Long Point Road because the fabulous owner of Gown Boutique of Charleston, Terri Espy, wanted to donate to the project like she’s done in the past. Shortly thereafter, I left with forty-four new dresses to add to the mix. I’ll take some time to sort through them and will be sure to post photos soon! After leaving Mt. Pleasant, I headed back dtown to work, but not before swinging by the CARTA office on John Street to pick up   o n e   h u n d r e d   one-day bus passes. So for those high school ladies who are concerned about getting to our event, no need to worry. E-mail us (cinderellaprojectcharleston@gmail.com) and we will be sure to get a bus pass in your hands for the event.

CARTA

We are just about one month out from the event and we are not showing any signs of slowing down. Our “to-do” list consists of:

  • Updating our “order” with Snyder  so they can deliver the “dressing room” tents to our new venue. This great local company has been donating to the CP for the last several years and are wonderful to work with.
  • We also are headed to meet with the owner of The Trunk Show, located at 281 Meeting Street, this Saturday to pick up her annual monetary donation to the project. It’s with these funds that we are able to provide a truly memorable experience for all involved.
  • On Monday, I’ll be on the radio with my fav, Tessa Spencer — check 99.7 starting at 1 pm.
  • Taylor, now with the updated invites in hand, has the crucial task of getting the invites out to local high schools. If you work in a school and would like to share our flyer, shoot us an e-mail and we will get it to you ASAP. Or, if you’re a member of a church and you think there are young ladies in your congregation who can benefit from our event, please please share the details!
  • Carrie is heading up our goodie bag creations this year and she is really excited about it – details to come!  If you work for Mary Kay, Avon, or any other make up line and would be willing to donate samples for us to use a “stuffing” then please contact us! We already heard from Tracy who lives all the way out by Myrtle Beach but is a MK consultant and is excited about donating samples, make up certificates, and her time.

Do you want to volunteer? Ashley is our Volunteer Coordinator this year. Check out the available times in our last post and e-mail us. Spots fill up fast, so sign up today.

Thanks for sticking out the long post! I’m just so overcome with gratitude for all of the local businesses and organizations that have responded so positively to the Cinderella Project. As you’ve heard me say before, remember to support those local business that support local charities.

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