Hyde Parker helps students achieve prom dreams

Staff Writer

The Glass Slipper Project is celebrating its 15th year of helping teen girls across the city, whose families can’t afford pricey gowns, find dresses for prom. The boutique also has a new location this year.

The Glass Slipper Project (GSP), which was founded by Hyde Park native Dorian Carter, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 5 and April 12 and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on April 26. For the past several years the annual boutique was located at in the McCorkle School Building at 4421 S. State St. This year the boutique has a new location in the Price School Building at 4351 S. Drexel Ave.

Each year GSP collects donations of dresses, shoes, jewelry, make-up and purses and sets up a boutique at a closed school location for students who may not be able to afford expensive prom dresses. Volunteers help set up the boutiques and are personal shoppers that provide individual assistance to the teens throughout the boutique to make sure they have a complete ensemble for prom.

The boutique currently needs donations of the following items: black mascara, black eye liner, foundation for dark complexions and formal purses and jewelry.

GSP is also in need of monetary donations to help with other expenses including off-season storage, dress rack and table rentals, volunteer breakfast and lunch, volunteer T-shirts, website maintenance, liability insurance, printing and phone messages. Online donations are accepted and there will be a donation box in the volunteer check-in room on each boutique day for cash and check donations.

To date, GSP has helped more than 18,000 young ladies prepare for prom.
Visit glassslipperproject.org to volunteer or make a donation.