The fifth annual Cinderella Project of Lafayette prom dress drive will be held Saturday, March 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Volunteers from UL Lafayette AmeriCorps and corporate sponsor Raising Cane’s will be on hand to collect new and gently used prom dresses and accessories to be distributed among local high school girls who don’t have the financial wherewithal to purchase a dress for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of high school.
“This is such an amazing event and we are so proud to be able to provide this service to the Acadiana area,” says Lacey Shelton, project director, in a press release announcing the drive. “The overwhelming support we have received from the community has allowed us to reach hundreds of girls over the past five years and we could not be more grateful.”
Begun in 2008, the Cinderella Project has distributed about 3,600 prom dresses to needy students in 84 high schools in 18 Louisiana parishes. To find out more about the project, call AmeriCorps at (337) 262-1360 or visit their website at CinderellaProjectLa.org.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
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