CHICAGO (CBS) — Prom season is just around the corner, but as many parents know, prom is not always cheap.
As WBBM Newsradio’s John Waelti reports, one program in Chicago is making sure every high school girl can go to prom, no matter the cost.
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The Glass Slipper Project was founded in Chicago in 1999, and has been providing prom dresses and other accessories to high school girls ever since.
Co-founder Dorian Carter was found looking over an enormous table of jewelry – from hoop earrings to shimmering rhinestone necklaces. In the next room were dresses – colorful, radiant, and many of them brand new.
The dresses and jewelry have all been donated to the Glass Slipper Project. The girls who receive them, who might not otherwise be able to afford senior prom, will be able to glam up like stars and take part in a rite of teenage passage.
“Everything is put in a shopping bag, so they leave here, and nobody knows they didn’t go to Bloomingdale’s to go shopping for the day,” Carter said.
Carter says volunteers get a thrill out of seeing the girls’ reactions, and request only one thing in return.
“They found a dress, and they’re going to have a great time, and all we ask the girls to do is to send us a picture,” she said.