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Thousands of free prom gowns ready for juniors, seniors


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  • Steve Carr/The Kur Carr Group Inc.

High school juniors and seniors preparing for this year’s Prom Season across the Valley will have more than 2,000 free prom dresses and accessories to choose from during the East Valley Women’s League’s (EVWL) 13th annual “Cinderella Affair” on March 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave. in Tempe.

The Cinderella Affair is an all-volunteer project in collaboration with the Tempe Community Council (TCC).  Dresses are still being accepted.  Participating students will need to present a valid high school ID.

“Going to the prom is a milestone in every high schooler’s life and we want to be sure that everyone who wants to go has the dress and accessories they need to make the night memorable,” said EVWL President Amy Grossklaus. “During the past 13 years, the Cinderella Affair has made thousands of young women’s prom dreams come true.  With the aid of local businesses and the community at large, EVWL and TCC can continue to make these girls’ dreams a reality.”

Founded in 2002 to assist girls by collecting and distributing new and gently-used formalwear, the Cinderella Affair also has provided dresses for exchange students from the Tempe Sister Cities program, the clients of Hacienda de Los Angeles and young ladies participating in the Miss Champion Pageant. Since 2002, more than 7,000 dresses have been given away.

For more information about opportunities to volunteer, visit www.evwl.org or www.cinderellaaffair.org.

About the East Valley Women’s League: Founded by sisters Tara Stainton and Tracy Worischeck in 2001, the 501(c) 3 nonprofit East Valley Women’s League (EVWL) has provided financial support for more than 25 charities including the Ronald McDonald House, Chemo Companions, Homebound Project, Children’s Cancer Network, SEEDS for Autism and the Pregnancy Care Center of Chandler.  EVWL also has raised and donated nearly $500,000 in scholarships to Arizona State University, Maricopa Community Colleges and the Tempe Union High School District as well as delivering almost 6,000 backpacks with school supplies to middle and high school students in the East Valley.  For more information, visit www.evwl.org.

Contacts:

Christina McNamara, East Valley Women’s League, (602) 363-0134

Steve Carr, The Kur Carr Group, Inc., (602) 317-3040