Charity Offers Free Prom Dresses To High School Girls

CHICAGO (WBBM) – It’s a dream come true for hundreds of girls – dresses and all the accessories for prom – for free. It happened for the second of three Saturdays at the South Side McCorkle Elementary School.

Some girls lined up in the middle of the night, but only about 300 were on hand when the doors opened, not the 700 the Glass Slipper Project hoped to accommodate between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The school was still a beehive of activity. Each girl is given a personal shopper. Some decide quickly. Others, such as Hyde Park Academy senior Kelly Von, did not.

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“I had quite a few dresses,” she said, holding a cleaner’s bag with a short, bright pink dress.

After that, she picked out shoes, makeup, accessories and even jewelry.

And you can’t beat the price.

“Free is free,” she said.

Project co-founder Dorian Carter said one need not be a Chicago Public Schools student to participate. She said some young women came from as far away as Iowa to take part. All must be able to produce a student identification card.

Carter said the Glass Slipper Project still has hundreds of dresses ranging in sizes from zero to 40 and hopes to outfit 700 more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. next Saturday, again at the McCorkle School, 4421 S. State St.

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