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Fashion show fundraiser to help provide prom dresses
The approach of the prom is an exciting time for many high school girls as they go shopping to pick out the perfect dress.
But for some underprivileged students whose families cannot afford to purchase or rent a prom dress, this time of year can cause stress instead of happiness.
To help them, the philanthropic organization Catherine’s Glass Slipper Project provides prom dresses to those who cannot afford them of their own accord.
But to continue providing as many dresses as possible, Catherine Vicks, founder of the organization, needs donations from the public.
"I am one person that is doing this all on a voluntary basis trying to reach and help as many girls and young women as I can. I do not like to turn away anyone — my heart sometimes is bigger than my wallet."
To ensure she is able to help as many students as possible this prom season, Vicks will host the Catherine’s Glass Slipper Project Open House & Fashion Show from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Rococo Event and Banquet Hall, 1335 S. Pacific Ave. The fundraiser, which will include raffle prizes, is open to the public and free to attend.
Vicks encourages Yuma residents to attend and make a monetary donation or donate new or gently used prom, formal or semiformal dresses, as well as shoes and accessories, during the event. The money will be used to help Vicks pay for the costs associated with providing the dresses.
"I will be accepting donated dresses that day and if someone wants to donate monetarily, it will be appreciated.
"I don’t have a big budget to advertise, I am a mom here in our community that literally runs the boutique out of my home. I get calls from around the state for help!"
Vicks will also use the monetary donations to help her project achieve official nonprofit status, which will allow her to receive support from major corporations that can help her expand her project.
"I am trying to become a nonprofit, and it takes finances. It’s a lengthy process."
Catherine’s Glass Slipper Project was founded in March 2011 after Vicks became aware of a growing need for prom and wedding dresses by underprivileged girls and women in the Yuma area.
The project, which began with only 10 gowns, has grown dramatically since then and now serves girls and women throughout Arizona and portions of California who need dresses for a variety of events including proms, weddings, quinceañeras, banquets, beauty pageants, purity balls and birthday parties.
Vicks offers several hundred gowns in various styles and sizes and a variety of accessories including purses, shoes and jewelry to accentuate the outfits. Vicks also provides hairstyling and makeup when needed.
She does charge a small cleaning fee in exchange for a dress and accessories. However, if a girl or woman is unable to pay, Vicks tries to find them a sponsor who will pay the fee.
Vicks does not require any paperwork detailing an applicant’s financial information.
Donations can also be dropped off at Nohemi’s Threading Studio, 281 W. 24th St., Suite 140, in the Century Plaza complex.
Vicks also needs donated safe and clean locations to store the dresses and accessories.
For more information, call 276-6664 or visit https://www.facebook.com/theglassslipperproject.