Making prom possible – The Cinderella Project


Prom is an event young people look forward to each spring. But what do teens do when they can’t afford to buy a prom dress? Thanks to the Cinderella Project in Kalamazoo, teens can get free prom dresses and accessories. 

“The Cinderella Project is an event where we take donated dresses from the community – gently used prom dresses, bridesmaid gowns, a lot of the gowns are brand-new, they haven’t been worn, and we collect those and give them away to girls who can’t afford to buy their own dresses,” said Cinderella Project founder Adrienne Wissner.

It’s prom season, and those dresses can be expensive. 

“We have plenty of dresses to choose from,” said Wissner.

All dresses are free to any high school student going to prom. No questions asked, except for your size and favorite color, of course.

Last year 200 girls got free dresses; this year, organizers hope to make it their biggest year yet. 

“We really believe that every girl should be able to feel like a princess, and so this is our way of helping those girls be able to attend prom no matter what their financial circumstances are,” Wissner said.

The Cinderella Project is Friday, March 22 starting at 3pm at the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan Kalamazoo Regional Program Center at 601 W. Maple in Kalamazoo. 

Memories Bridal & Evening Wear is located in Downtown Kalamazoo and also operates a pop up prom store in the Rivertown Crossing Mall called The Prom Shop by Memories. Gently worn prom dress donations can be accepted year round at either of the two stores. Plus size dresses are needed the most.

More information on the Cinderella Project can be found on its website

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