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Sororities seek prom donations for Operation Fairy Godmother

For many high school girls, buying a dress for the prom is so far out of reach that it would take a fairy godmother to make it happen.

Thats why Austin Peay State Universitys Panhellenic Council will host the second annual Operation Fairy Godmother, a student-run, communitywide project providing gently used and new prom dresses and accessories at no cost to high school girls.

The event will be from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.
For many high school girls, buying a dress for the prom is so far out of reach that it would take a fairy godmother to make it happen.

That's why Austin Peay State University's Panhellenic Council will host the second annual Operation Fairy Godmother, a student-run, communitywide project providing gently used and new prom dresses and accessories at no cost to high school girls.

The event will be from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10 in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.

“It was really successful last year and the students wanted to continue the program this year,” said Lindsay Mazer, assistant director of Student Life and Leadership for student organizations and Greeks.

Donations of formal dresses, shoes, accessories and money are being sought. Items will be accepted between 9 a.m.-4 p.m., now through Friday, Feb. 9 in the Student Life and Leadership office, MUC, Room 211.

Donations also will be taken from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Clarksville Fire and Rescue Main Station, located on the corner of Eighth and Main streets, and from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday at Saturn of Clarksville. All donations must be cleaned and in good condition.

More than 50 young ladies were selected from the six Clarksville-area high schools including Fort Campbell High School to attend the event. On Feb. 10, each young lady will be led by a fairy godmother, an APSU female student, through a day of beauty and pampering. She will have the opportunity to choose a dress, shoes and accessories, depending on availability.

“This is an awesome event, and our hope is to make each young lady feel special and boost her self-esteem, while also developing awareness about college life and the potential benefits derived from attending,” said Amy McPeak, Panhellenic Council executive vice president and coordinator of Operation Fairy Godmother.

Operation Fairy Godmother evolved from the Glass Slipper Project, first implemented in 2003 by a pair of female attorneys from Chicago who wanted to help provide low-income high school girls the opportunity to prepare and attend prom with formal dresses, shoes, accessories, make-up and hair — all free of charge. Over time, organizations, groups and sororities across the nation have adopted the Glass Slipper Project to help thousands of girls each year attend prom.

More information can be found by visiting the Operation Fairy Godmother Web site at http://www.apsu.edu/sll/Operation%20Fairy%20Godmother.htm or contacting Mazer by telephone at 221-7431. -- Melony Leazer