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Pasco Prom-Goers Get Help from Fairy Godmothers

The Cinderella Project has supplied high school girls in financial need with dresses and accessories for the dance since 2005.

Pasco County high school girls who have no budget for prom can receive fashion assistance from some self-dubbed "fairy godmothers."

The Cinderella Project of Pasco provides new and gently used prom dresses and accessories at no cost to Pasco County high school girls with financial need.

Fairy godmothers Alison Crumbley, now a school board member, and Laurie Weiss started the project in 2005.

"It began when Laurie and I visited a similar project in Pinellas County," Crumbley wrote in an email.

"With the help of a small and dedicated group of parent volunteers, we kicked it off and over a thousand girls have since been recipients of free prom attire," Crumbley said.

Donations of prom-style dresses and accessories "in excellent condition and contemporary styles" are needed, according to the project's press release. Items are accepted at any Pasco County high school.

Monetary donations to the Cinderella Project are used to purchase new dresses and shoes when required sizes are not available in the donated inventory, the press release stated.

“Our goal is to be sure no young lady misses out on her prom because of a lack of funds,” Crumbley said.

Girls can pick out their attire from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 31 or April 14 at at the West Pasco Industrial Park, 2418 Merchant Ave. in Odessa.

A school ID  is required, but pre-registration is not.

"Just show up and shop," Crumbley said.

For more information or to make a tax deductible cash donation, call 727-858-1281 or 727-389-3112.

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