DATE: March 19, 2019
CONTACT: Phil Giaramita, Public Affairs and Strategic Communications Officer
Cinderella’s Closet Offers Extra Ordinary Gowns and Dresses at Very Ordinary Prices This Friday and Saturday at Monticello High School
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Cinderella’s Closet, a dream come true program at Monticello High School that makes it possible for young women throughout Central Virginia to purchase dresses, gowns and accessories at modest prices, will unveil their newest offerings this season on Friday, March 22. The sale of more than 200 new and gently used premier special event and formal dress wear will debut at the school from 4 until 6 p.m. The sale will continue the next day, Saturday, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Dresses and formal wear are donated to Cinderella’s Closet throughout the year. The program, which was established at the school in 2003, is sponsored by the Monticello High School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). All new and gently used gowns sell for $25. Shoes are $5, and a limited supply of handbags and jewelry also is available. As has been the case in prior years, some gowns have original price tags of hundreds of dollars still attached.
“Our event is open to the general public throughout Central Virginia, providing young women with the opportunity to enjoy a stunning prom or other formal event experience at very affordable prices,” said Monticello PTO President Alyson deBondt.
“This is a wonderful program, and we encourage all young women and their families to visit on Friday or Saturday to see why this event is so magical. There will be a great selection with a broad range of styles and sizes,” she said.
Proceeds from Cinderella’s Closet benefit Monticello High School’s PTO, which uses the funds to support school programs and individual student needs.
As is tradition, many Monticello High School faculty and staff will dress formally for the school day, including male ushers in tuxedos courtesy of Men’s Warehouse. Payments can be made by cash or credit card, by writing a check, or by using PayPal.
In addition to those looking for formal wear, families in central Virginia who wish to donate new or gently used formal wear and accessories can bring their items to one of several drop-off points in the county, including Monticello and Albemarle high schools; Henley, Jouett, Sutherland and Walton middle schools; and at the consignment shop Natalie Dressed.
Shamika Terrell and Nikki Eubanks, career and school counselors at Monticello, who are helping to coordinate this year’s event, said purchases can still be made if someone is unable to attend this week’s sales. “They simply need to contact me at email@example.com and we will do our best to accommodate them,” Terrell said.
“We are very grateful for the support from so many generous people in our school communities for more than a decade and a half. They have enriched the school and social experiences of our young women at a very special time in their lives. They have provided the resources that have allowed us to serve an incredible group of students,” said deBondt.