Mary Beth Sallee
Hart Co. News-Herald
Prom is a special night for high school students, especially for every young girl who has been awaiting her Cinderella moment.
But although the night is full of glitz and glam for most, others aren’t so lucky as the excessive cost of prom attire can sometimes break the bank.
However, one organization is making it possible for all girls to attend prom and feel like the princess they are.
South Central Cinderella’s Closet is a non-profit organization that provides free prom dresses (with alterations if needed), jewelry, shoes, a goodie bag of makeup, and other essentials to girls in need.
Courtney Bennefield, together with a team of ladies, established Cinderella’s Closet in Glasgow in 2014. It stemmed from the first Cinderella’s Closet formed years ago in northern Kentucky.
“The founder of the organization bought a dress for a foster girl after watching her eye it and be told that they didn’t have money to buy it,” Courtney explained. “When trying it on, the girl said, ‘I feel just like a princess.’ From there, she knew this needed to be available for all girls to have the opportunity to feel like a princess…The program grew to different areas around the state. After volunteering at the organization in Frankfort, I knew that there needed to be one here in our area.”
Each year, Cinderella’s Closet hosts an event for girls to choose a dress and everything needed for prom night. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 9 at Glasgow First United Methodist Church. All area High School Youth Service Coordinators have applications and a Google form for students to register for the event. Posters will soon arrive at schools in the next few weeks with QR codes for students to scan and register. Students can also register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for the link.
“This is a one-day a year event,” Courtney said. “All of our dresses go into storage during the rest of the year, so it’s very important to register and take advantage of the program during that specific day.”
The yearly event would not be possible without the help and compassion from so many others in the community.
“It takes a village,” Courtney said. “There are approximately 30-40 women who help each year, and a handful of men who help with our set-up and take down. ”
Although Cinderella’s Closet is located in Glasgow, it is open to any high school student in the area, including those from Hart, Caverna, Green, Metcalfe, Monroe, Allen, Edmonson, and Barren school systems and other surrounding counties. Since its beginnings 10 years ago, the organization has helped approximately 450 girls have everything they need to attend prom. Courtney said it is “heartwarming” to be a part of their Cinderella moment.
“When the girls find their dresses, their entire face lights up,” Courtney shared. “It truly is wonderful and exciting to watch them see themselves in a different light.”
Donations for Cinderella’s Closet are also accepted. Anyone with prom dresses, shoes, handbags, jewelry, and other prom accessories can drop those off at Glasgow First United Methodist Church between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The church is located at 500 S Green Street. For more information, visit South Central Cinderella’s Closet on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glasgowcinderellascloset.