- The Glass Slipper Project
The Glass Slipper Project was one of the first and is one of the largest
Charitable Prom Organizationsin place across the U.S. It was founded in 1999 and is based in Chicago Illinois, providing prom dresses and accessories to girls with junior and/or senior status in high schools. The organization has received extensive local and national media attention, including an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Showduring its very first year of operation.
The project was inspired by a similar effort undertaken by a homeless shelter in the Washington, DC, area. Since 1999, the Glass Slipper Project has been giving away hundreds of dresses each spring. It operates like a boutique, with a selection of thousands of new and almost-new dresses, shoes and accessories. Students shop for a free outfit, aided by a corps of more than 500 volunteer personal shoppers, and alterations are available on site. The Glass Slipper Project has inspired others to launch prom attire projects all over the country and abroad. Listings for other projects can be found on the organization's website [http://www.glassslipperproject.org/yostate.htm] and on Youth Noise [http://www.youthnoise.com/page.php?page_id=1344] .
The Glass Slipper Project was founded by Dorian Carter, Katharine Goldberg Shaw and Rachel Hart Klayman, with assistance from Julie Ann Sklaver. While the Chicago Public Schools and private donors provide support for its operation, it is volunteer-run and has no paid staff. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization.
* [http://www.glassslipperproject.org/Trib_040306.pdf "Like Genies Granting Wishes"] by Ana Beatriz Cholo, "
Chicago Tribune", April 4 2006, retrieved December 20 2006.
* [http://www.oprah.com/uyl/volunteer/children/vol_children_atrisk_08.jhtml "Oprah's Angel Network: The Glass Slipper Project"] , "
Oprah", April 15 1999, retrieved December 20 2006.
* [http://www.oprah.com/tows/pastshows/tows_1999/tows_past_19990415.jhtml "Oprah Winfrey Show appearance summary"] , "
Oprah", April 15 1999, retrieved May 5 2007.
* [http://www.glassslipperproject.org/index.html Official website]
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