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Cinderella Affair offers free prom dresses and accessories for young ladies

The annual Cinderella Affair, the East Valley Women’s League’s (EVWL) all-volunteer signature event for high school juniors and seniors is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, April 6 and 13 at 411 N McKemy in Chandler. Students will select from new and gently-used prom dresses, shoes, purses and accessories for free.

            The event is open to all high school juniors and seniors with a valid school ID.  

The Cinderella Affair is the nation’s biggest free prom-dress giveaway with more than 6,000 dresses to choose from in all colors, fabrics, sizes and designs from sizes 0-32. More than 16,000 dresses have been given away since 2002.

An automated check-in process has been put in place for this year, the shoe and jewelry rooms have been doubled in size and dressing rooms have been expanded “to accommodate more princesses,” said Chief Fairy Godmother Traci Estenson.  Once a final selection has been made, volunteers will escort the students to a separate room to select shoes and accessories.  Volunteer seamstresses will be on hand to make minor alterations and repairs.  Once the final selection is made, there are no exchanges.

Event donors include Arbonne Charitable Foundation, Captured Moments by Rita and Co., GlamSquad AZ, PromGirl, Formal Fashions, Lulus, Dillard’s, De Blossom, National Charity League (Ahwatukee, Arrowhead, East Valley, San Tan, Sonoran Centennial Chapters), North Central Women’s League and Bent Creative, LLC.

For more information about the Cinderella Affair and how to donate dresses and for volunteer opportunities, visit  For more information about East Valley Women’s League, visit

I spoke with Traci Estenson, as well as two of the young ladies who will benefit this year, Adrianna Holman and V'tarria Powell from El Dorado HS.

Cinderella Affair interview

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