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Program provides free prom dresses
, EH staff writer
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:00 AM
Jenny Knox, owner of the Goose and Gander Finery LLC, Marinette, works on a prom dress that she is altering for the Fairy Godmother Project, which provides prom dresses for those who can’t afford them.
MARINETTE — Every girl deserves her own Cinderella story.
Project Give and The Goose & Gander Finery LLC have teamed up to create the Fairy Godmother Project.
“It had all started a month ago when I was doing alternations and realized how expensive these prom dresses are and how much they’re paying,” said Jenny Knox, owner of the store. “It just made me think what happens to the girls who can’t afford the $500 dress, or even the $200 dress. I’ve noticed now that middle schools are holding formals. There are a couple different dances throughout the year.”
Knox contacted Shelby Lane from Project Give to see what could be done for those who couldn’t afford such expensive dresses.
“She (Lane) ran with it and created the Fairy Godmother Project,” she explained. “Since then, in four days of collecting dresses, we have over 40 dresses donated.”
According to Lane, Project Give is dedicated to enhancing the well being of the community through charitable projects and events.
“Our work is driven by the passionate belief that there is always more to give,” she said. “It is our founder’s belief that there are many people willing to help others, but they are unsure of how to get started. Project Give serves as a way to organize and carry out charitable projects in hopes of enriching lives and bringing our community together.”
The duo plan for the project to be ongoing. “Hopefully we will be able to provide dresses to these girls anytime they need any kind of formal dresses,” Knox said.
The dresses are free of charge for the girls who are unable to purchase their own prom/homecoming attire. Knox has added some bling and shortened several.
“That’s the fun part for me is to transform these dresses into stunning pieces,” she said. “It will be nice to have a selection of dresses that any time they need a formal, they have something to choose from.”
Knox said the project is always looking for donations — which can include extra fabric, beads, etc.
To donate, bring new and gently-used dresses to The Goose & Gander Finery at 1712 Dunlap Ave., Marinette. Any girl who needs a dress can contact Project Give by messaging them on Facebook or via email at email@example.com.
“Every girl should have the opportunity to go to these formals,” Knox said.
Jenny Knox is my niece through marriage, and my husband and I are so proud of what she is doing! Why not put her alteration skills to good use? She already has had one girl come into the store who was so thrilled to find a prom dress. This is such a great idea!
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