Saturday, April 7, girls from all over Waldo County will once again be invited to come to the Reny’s Plaza and choose a new or gently used prom dress, free of charge.

In exchange, Cinderella Project of Maine asks only that girls who receive dresses to do a good deed for someone else, and this year, dress recipients will also have the chance to win a “Cinderella for a Day” prize package.

According to a press release from event co-organizer Jess Woods, the 2012 giveaway will be Saturday, April 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Reny’s Plaza in Belfast. Dressing rooms will be available, and Cinderella Project staff and other community volunteers will be on hand to assist with the selection process. 

Throughout the day, dress seekers will be entered into a drawing to be “Cinderella  for a Day”, which is a new addition to the event.

“This year, the name of a lucky girl from Waldo County will receive the royal treatment on prom day, including a hair up-do and makeup application by Makin’ Waves Salon, a gel manicure and brow wax from Lisa Nichols Salon, a Caribbean Glow spray tan from ME Hair Studio, a corsage and boutonniere from Holmes Greenhouse, and dinner for two at La Vida in Belfast,” stated Woods in the release. “All of these local businesses have donated their services to help make one girl’s prom dreams come true!”

The Cinderella Project is still in need of donations of dresses in any size, as well as accessories and jewelry,

“When girls leave the giveaway with a new dress and accessories, they truly feel like a princess ready for the ball,” stated Woods in the release.

Dresses and donations can be dropped off at Belfast Area High School, the Belfast, Searsport or Unity branches of Bangor Savings Bank, Camden Hills Realty in Northport, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union on Broadway in Bangor, Beads on the Kennebec in Augusta, Falmouth High School, Renee’s Hair Design in Ellsworth, Waldo Community Action Partners and Reny’s in Belfast. Additional pick-up locations can be arranged based on need.   

For more information, contact Jessica Woods at Belfast Area High School at 338-1790 ext. 310 or, Tabitha Lowe at Waldo Community Action Partners at 338-6809 or or Mandie Sawyer at Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education at 338-0261 or

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