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Project Cinderella makes prom happen for area high school girls

By BY JULIAN CAVAZOS - jcavazos@vicad.com
April 27, 2010 at midnight
Updated April 27, 2010 at 11:28 p.m.

Project Cinderella, hosted by the Junior League of Victoria. provides shoes and accessories to students who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend their prom.

Memorie Hoffman will have one of the greatest memories of her life, now that she attended prom.

Going to prom wasn't a for sure thing this year, she said.

"We live in government housing, and we get food stamps," the Memorial High School senior said. "I wasn't really sure if I could go to prom this year because we're low on money."

But after she heard that the Junior League of Victoria had more than 100 dresses she could look through that were donated by women in the community, that gave her hope.

She found a dress she liked.

"When I was going through the racks, I was like, 'it's that one,' she said. "It was a perfect fit."

The Junior League held a dress drive earlier this year for girls who would not be able to afford one for prom.

Girls who were interested in getting a dress applied with a letter expressing their family's financial struggles. In late April, between 60 to 70 girls went to the Junior League office to pick out their help through the Junior League.

Boys were given discounts for tuxedos.

Along with dresses to pick from, the students were also provided with shoes, jewelry, vouchers for restaurants and vouchers to get their hair and nails done.

A few months ago, Rictoria Canales' dad got laid off. Had it not been for the Junior League, the 18-year-old might have not been able to go.

She picked out a black dress and shoes she liked.

"I loved the way it looked on me," said Rictoria, an MHS senior. "I felt beautiful. I'm really appreciative of everything that they've done."

For the past seven months, 18-year-old Shelby Hill's mom has been paralyzed from a stroke. Her grandma, Mary Lou Mejia, came with her to the Junior League to find a dress.

Wearing the dress, make-up and shoes she picked out for prom made it different than any other day, Shelby, who attends MHS, said.

"I think it would really make me feel like a princess for a day," Shelby said. "It's not just a fairy tale. It's a real life thing."

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