Cinderella Story charity sells $20 prom dresses to girls in need


By Anna Skinner

Girls will have a chance to purchase prom dresses for only $20 from noon to 4:30 p.m. March 25 at Monon Trail Elementary School, 19400 Tomlinson Rd.

From left, Lydia Long, Maddie McGovern, Allie Winbun, Julie Winburn and Deb Lewis. (Submitted photo)

Cinderella Story launched 11 years ago to aid girls who couldn’t afford prom dresses.

“We collected prom dresses for girls in need, and then it kind of morphed into what it is now, and we work with (Indianapolis Public Schools),” co-chair Julie Winburn said. “We are kind of expanding to cover all of central Indiana. Whoever needs a dress, we never turn someone away. We get dresses from all over. We are trying to make sure every girl feels like a million bucks at prom and every girl has that opportunity.”

Winburn, a Westfield resident, said the charity collects thousands of prom dresses and has a sale once a year. She said a woman from Chicago even mailed her a dress.

“We just want to help as many girls as possible,” she said. “We don’t ask them for any proof or whatever if you feel you’re in need or know somebody in need.

“Sometimes I will even buy a dress for a girl if we can’t find something that fits her.”

Dresses will be sold in the elementary school gym. Girls will use bathrooms as fitting rooms.

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