The Issue: High Costs of Prom
Though prom is a time-honored high-school tradition, many girls cannot afford to purchase clothing and accessories for the event, in addition to covering basic costs such as purchasing a ticket. Operation Glass Slipper helps alleviate these costs by providing dresses and accessories for students who couldn’t otherwise afford to attend prom. The organization operates primarily on dress donations, but must purchase accessories and additional dresses to ensure it can accommodate all sizes.
The Campaign: Funding Prom Dresses and Accessories
If this Grassroots campaign raises $440, then Operation Glass Slipper can purchase new prom dresses and accessories for five high-school students. Each additional $88 raised will provide a dress and accessories for another girl. After being referred to the program by a teacher, counselor, or community leader, each girl will get to choose from a selection of prom dresses, and then add matching shoes, a purse, a necklace, and earrings.
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Operation Glass Slipper
Mother-and-daughter team Pam and Emily Philipp founded Operation Glass Slipper in 2006 to help high-school girls prepare for their proms. Girls who cannot afford the high cost of attending and outfitting themselves for prom can confide in a trusted adult from their school or community to obtain a referral to the program. The girls then choose a dress, purse, shoes, a necklace, and earrings from Operation Glass Slipper's inventory, which is made up primarily of new shoes and accessories and donated dresses, although the organization must purchase additional dresses to fill gaps in sizes. The girls can also bring a female companion to help them shop. Since its inception, Operation Glass Slipper has outfitted more than 1,000 girls for prom each year.