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ECU's Fairytale Boutique makes prom dreams a reality

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Jan. 28, 2009)   —   For high school girls around the country, prom is a milestone event that brings excitement, thrills and memories to last a lifetime. But with the average cost of attendance rising to between $400 and $1,000, many young women will opt to skip prom this year because they cannot afford to buy the perfect dress and accessories.

Last year, the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center at East Carolina University created the “Fairytale Boutique” to help young women in Pitt County attend the prom regardless of their financial circumstances.

Hundreds of new and gently used formal gowns, shoes and accessories were collected and distributed at no cost to women in need from 10 high schools in three counties. “Fairytale Boutique is a dream,” said one shopper. “I had help and encouragement from all the volunteers. I hope they continue this for years to come.”

Based on the success of last year’s event, the Fairytale Boutique will open again this spring. Organizers are currently seeking donations of new formal wear in all sizes, shoes, jewelry and other accessories, unopened makeup and coupons for hair appointments, flowers and dinner for two. All donations are tax deductible.

“An event like this takes the commitment of the entire community, and even small donations make a difference,” said Jessica Gagne Cloutier, ECU’s service-learning coordinator.

Donations can be dropped off at the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center on ECU’s campus or picked up by appointment. Call Jessica Gagne Cloutier at 252-328-1554 or 252-230-5798 for more information.

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Contact: Jessica Gagne Cloutier | 252-328-1554