Cinderella Story program offers affordable prom opportunity for local girls


The Cinderella Story of Hamilton County is making prom affordable for local girls.

The program originated 12 years ago, the brainchild of a group of moms who know proms are expensive and are concerned some girls could miss out because of the combined cost of tickets, dinner, prom dress and other accessories.

Jodi Scott recently became involved with the program and fallen in love with its mission.

“It’s expensive to go to prom, so these moms got together and said, ‘Let’s come up with a way to provide no-cost or low-cost dresses to girls in the community with no questions asked,’” Scott said.

A dress with shoes and accessories costs $25, but if a family cannot afford that, then Scott said they email the organization and a solution is found, allowing for the girl to still get her dress and accessories.

Last year, the event supplied approximately 150 dresses to girls in the area. Money from the event goes to purchasing plus-size dresses because Scott said those aren’t donated as often.

The event is at Monon Trail Elementary School, 19400 Tomlinson Rd., Westfield. It runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24. Donations of gently used or new dresses may be made to various Century 21 Scheetz locations as well as DC Tux in Carmel; Larry Eckert American Family Insurance in Noblesville; First Merchants Bank in Westfield; Indy Laser in Carmel; and Monon Trail Elementary School, among other locations. Although the event is based in Westfield, Scott said girls from all communities are welcome.

For more, or a full list of the participating drop-off locations, visit Hamilton County Prom Event on Facebook.