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Cinderella Prom Dress Project returns to NMSU to help area teens

The Cinderella Prom Dress Project returns to the New Mexico State University Las Cruces campus April 21 and 28 for its fourth year of helping high school girls find their dream prom dress - for free.


A woman walks down a catwalk modeling a knee-length, gold-colored dress.
A woman models a Cinderella Prom Dress Project dress from a previous year's event. This year's event will be held April 21 and 28 at NMSU. (Courtesy photo)

New Mexico State University Housing and Residential Life will host the event at Rhodes-Garrett-Hamiel from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 21, and Saturday, April 28.

Anna Cook, co-founder of the Las Cruces Cinderella Prom Dress Project, said any high school girl from the southwest region of New Mexico may attend the free event if they have some type of identification from their school. The organization collects donated, cleaned dresses throughout the year and will have more than 200 available at this year's event, all at no cost to dress recipients.

"When the girls arrive, they can look around and try on the dresses they like," Cook said. "We have vacant dorm rooms available as dressing rooms and several full-length mirrors."

The Olympia University of Cosmetology will have students available to show the prom-goers what they can do for their hair.

This event is held in conjunction with Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

If you would like to donate clean, pressed dresses for this event, you may drop them off at the NMSU Housing and Residential Life main office in the Educational Services building or at La Tienda at the corner of Main and Alameda/El Paseo during regular business hours.

"I know, having two daughters, that most prom dresses are worn only once," Cook said. "The dresses are so wasteful, not just the money but the resources. It's a way for high school girls to actually give back to the environment."