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Greek women request formal dress donations for local high school girls

More than 50 area high school students will be treated like royalty during Operation Fairy Godmother, hosted by Austin Peay State Universitys social Greek sororities Saturday, April 8.

The program, designed to offer formal dresses and accessories to eligible Clarksville students, will help high school girls attend prom. Students also will have access to hair and makeup consultants.
More than 50 area high school students will be treated like royalty during Operation Fairy Godmother, hosted by Austin Peay State University's social Greek sororities Saturday, April 8.

The program, designed to offer formal dresses and accessories to eligible Clarksville students, will help high school girls attend prom. Students also will have access to hair and makeup consultants.

“This is the first time we've hosted an event like this,” said Lindsay Mazer, assistant director of Student Life and Leadership for Student Organizations and Greeks. “We want high school girls in our community to know there are women at Austin Peay who care about them, who want them to succeed and feel confident.”

Participating high school senior ladies were selected through a process based on particular financial need levels from the six Clarksville-area high schools.

APSU sororities are asking the community for donations of formal dresses, shoes, hair and jewelry accessories. Anything not used this year will be held and used for next year's program.

Donations are being accepted through Friday, April 7 in Morgan University Center, Room 211 or at the Memorial Health Building Recreation Office on Drane Street. All donations need to be clean and in good condition. Arrangements for pickups can be made by calling 221-7431.

Operation Fairy Godmother is based on the Glass Slipper Project originally created and implemented in 2003 by a pair of Chicago attorneys. The women wanted to help low-income high school girls by providing them the opportunity to prepare and attend prom with formal dresses, shoes, accessories, makeup and hair. Over time organizations, groups and sororities across the nation have adopted the project to help thousands of girls each year attend prom.

For more information contact Mazer by telephone at 221-7431 or by e-mail at mazerl@apsu.edu. -- Information provided