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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 28, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
UL Lafayette AmeriCorps, the Cinderella Project and Raising Cane’s are teaming up to collect prom dresses, shoes, and accessories for the 5th annual Cinderella Project of Lafayette.

Donations will be collected at any Lafayette or Broussard area Raising Cane’s or the UL Lafayette AmeriCorps office now thru Friday, March 9 during normal business hours. The Cinderella Project of Lafayette distributes free prom dresses to Acadiana area high school girls who cannot otherwise afford one.

The Cinderella Project accepts long and short dresses and donations should be dry cleaned and on hangers. Additional donation guidelines as well as operational hours for all drop-off locations can be found at www.cinderellaprojectla.org.

“ This is such an amazing event and we are so proud to be able to provide this service to the Acadiana area. The overwhelming support we have received from the community has allowed us to reach hundreds of girls over the past five years and we could not be more grateful,” said Lacey Shelton, director of The Cinderella Project of Lafayette.

The 5th Annual Cinderella Project of Lafayette will be held on Saturday, March 24 at the Lafayette Hilton Garden Inn from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Any high school girl in financial need of a dress is welcome to attend with a valid school ID.

Formerly known as the UL Lafayette AmeriCorps Prom Dress Drive, The Cinderella Project of Lafayette was established in 2008 and began its partnership with The Cinderella Project in 2011. With chapters now located in Baton Rouge, Lafayette and Monroe, The Cinderella Project has distributed 3600 prom dresses to students at 84 high schools in 18 parishes statewide.

“ Raising Canes is proud to support The Cinderella Project and their efforts of improving the lives of young women in our community,” said Gwen Graves, wife of Raising Cane’s CEO and founder, Todd Graves.

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers is the organization’s premier, statewide corporate sponsor. Additional supporters and in-kind donors for the Lafayette chapter include the Pinhook Foundation, Uncle Bob’s Storage and Lamar Advertising.

Document last revised Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:55 PM

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