Glass Slipper Collection organizers (L to R) Lacey Lisenbee, Ashlyn Vitoux and Cailin Clay display three of the dresses which were donated this year. The Glass Slipper Collection helps any girl in need at a Kosciusko County high school attend her high school prom by providing dresses and accessories. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
Glass Slipper Collection organizers (L to R) Lacey Lisenbee, Ashlyn Vitoux and Cailin Clay display three of the dresses which were donated this year. The Glass Slipper Collection helps any girl in need at a Kosciusko County high school attend her high school prom by providing dresses and accessories. Photo by David Slone, Times-Union
When organizers of the Glass Slipper Collection graduate high school, they pass the annual responsibility on to another high school girl or two.
Since Ashlyn Vitoux and Lacey Lisenbee are seniors at Warsaw Community High School this year, sophomore Cailin Clay is learning the ropes to help girls’ dreams of going to prom come true.
The Collection helps any Kosciusko County high school girl attend her prom by providing dresses, shoes and other prom-related items. It was started by Katy Cobb and Alexis Light when they were students at WCHS in 2009.
“It wasn’t something that popped in my mind until my mom got a call from (Combined Community Services Director of Client Services) Peggi (Lisenbee-Wright) asking if I wanted to do Glass Slipper. I immediately said yes,” recalled Clay. “I always thought it was a great cause and an awesome project to help girls and make them feel special.”
As for donations, Lisenbee said they need “everything,” from prom dresses to accessories and money. Dresses can be donated at CCS and WCHS.
“We changed it up this year. We have a financial goal of $1,000,” Lisenbee stated. The money will help get tuxedoes for high school boys who otherwise may not be able to afford one.
“We never have enough shoes or jewelry,” she stated.
They do have some volunteers who will be providing alterations to the dresses as needed. One woman has volunteered to do hair and makeup.
Vitoux said several restaurants, including Applebee’s, The Boathouse Restaurant and The Sleepy Owl, have agreed to provide meal certificates for the girls. She said they plan to contact more area restaurants for donations.
The sixth annual Glass Slipper is scheduled for April 19 beginning at 1 p.m. at CCS, 1195 Mariners Driver, Warsaw. Eligible girls will receive invitations noting what time they should arrive to pick out their prom dress.
Sign-up deadline is April 9. Girls who want help with a dress can contact their guidance counselor at Tippecanoe Valley, Wawasee or Warsaw Community High School, or call CCS.
Lisenbee and Vitoux said the Collection is very important for high school girls.
“I just do it every year because I love prom and I think prom is important in high school,” Lisenbee stated. “Everyone should be able to go to prom, and not being able to afford a dress shouldn’t keep someone from going.”
Vitoux said, “For every girl, there is that time you can go to a prom shop and you get that excitement of finding the one dress you love. If you don’t have that experience, it will take a toll. By providing this experience, I think it will change their lives.”
“Every girl deserves the one night to feel like a princess. My favorite part is when a girl finds that one dress,” Lisenbee said.
While she thinks of prom as a “girl’s night,” Lisenbee said it’s also a special night for guys to get dressed up, take their girl out and impress her. Every year they get requests for tuxedos, too. Last year, Male Fashions provided two tuxedoes, and Lisenbee said she hopes the Warsaw business will be able to do that again this year.
Anyone who wants to provide free dresses, hairstyles, accessories, makeup or anything else for the Glass Slipper Collection can call CCS at 574-269-6019.
“We’re thankful for whatever we can get,” the girls agreed.