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Cinderella’s Closet to open Thursday
Spring is in the air, and Cinderella’s Closet is primping for its annual prom boutique.

Sponsored by LACASA Center and Snedicor’s Green Earth Cleaners, Cinderella’s Closet is designed to provide high school girls with affordable formal wear while increasing awareness about the links between substance abuse, dating violence and sexual assault.

“The dress donations we have received so far are beautiful,” Hollie Heikkinen, Cinderella’s Closet chairwoman, said. “We work hard each prom and homecoming season to create an exciting shopping atmosphere for our high school girls.”

This year, the boutique, held at Snedicor’s location at 8688 W. Grand River Ave. in Brighton, will be open from 3-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; 3-8 p.m. May 1-2 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3.

Dresses cost $25 each, and limited dress scholarships are available by speaking with the project leader on duty, according to the Cinderella’s Closet website.

Patrons who shop at Cinderella’s Closet are invited to sign My Promise, which asks them to stay alcohol- and drug-free on prom night.

The promise encourages high school girls to remain clear-headed at parties so they can make good decisions and enjoy their milestone celebrations. Informational pocket guides are handed out that discuss the link between substance use and incidents of dating violence and sexual assault.

“We want to build awareness among our young women that substance abuse and prom night don’t mix,” Nicole Matthews-Creech, LACASA community education director, said. “Peer pressure often comes into play on celebratory nights like this. We want girls to stay drug- and alcohol-free on prom night so they can truly enjoy a memorable evening.”

Special raffles are held for girls who sign My Promise. Prizes include hairstyle and makeup appointments in addition to various gift baskets.

Cinderella’s Closet is part of LACASA’s education and prevention initiative that encourages girls to make healthy choices.

Savvy boutique shoppers help the environment by purchasing gently worn dresses and at the same time aid vulnerable victims of interpersonal violence. All boutique proceeds go to LACASA, a Howell Township-based nonprofit organization.

Long gowns or short party dresses in current styles may be donated all year long at Snedicor’s locations in Brighton and Howell. Snedicor’s offers free cleaning for all donated dresses and uses an environmentally friendly cleaning process.

To learn more about Cinderella’s Closet, see http://www.lacasacenter.org.

Inquiries about dress donations may be made by calling LACASA at 517-548-1350.
Cinderella’s Closet can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cinderellas.closet.boutique.



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