Glass Slipper Project offers free prom gowns

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The United Way of Blair County and Penn Highlands Community College are teaming up again to make sure prom season is affordable for everyone.

“We know that prom is incredibly expensive,” Melanie Shildt, executive director of United Way of Blair County, said. “Some [gowns cost] more than my wedding dress and not everybody can spend that much money on a gown.”

The Glass Slipper Project began in 2011. The event offers gowns and accessories to all local middle, junior, and high school students at no cost.

A team of volunteers are evemn on-hand to help as personal shoppers.

“We have people all throughout the shop picking out dresses with them, finding them the right size and finding them the right styles,” Michelle Moyer, development director of United Way of Blair County, told us.

All the dresses are donated by community members. Some even still have their tags on.

“I mean we have girls leave in tears, happy tears,” Shildt said. “We have moms leaving in happy tears because they know they weren’t able to provide that high end dress. These girls are leaving and they’re feeling like princesses the same way anyone who goes in and spends the money on a dress does.”

The Glass Slipper Project will be at the Logan Valley Mall in Altoona on Friday, March 8th from 4:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, March 9th from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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