Local organization provides a 'Cinderella Story' prom night for cheap


HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WTHR) — Prom is a right of passage and everyone wants to look and feel good on their special night, which can cost an arm and a leg.

But no one has to let the high price of a dress keep them from going.

Julie Winbun is the co-chair of "A Cinderella Story" of Hamilton County.

For the last 12 years, a team of Westfield mothers and teachers have been making dreams come true with a scholarship program that provides used dresses, shoes and jewelry for young ladies to use for prom.

They collect items throughout the year.

A "Cinderella" is a student who has been nominated to receive a gown at no cost.

"If you think somebody needs a free dress, reach out," said Winbun. "We're glad to help."

The organization also gives teens from any high school a chance to purchase a dress for just $25. They can choose from thousands of options.

Winbun is a Warren Central graduate and she said she sees students from her alma mater come in for dresses.

DC Designers Tux Shop in Carmel accepts dress donations and makes what's used, new again. The shop also offers $40 off discounts for any boy shopping for prom in their store.

The effort is personal for Winbun and her co-chair Deb Lewis, who say they grew up in frugal families. They want to make sure everyone has a "glass slipper" night.

To pay it forward, Winbun suggests donating your dress to let someone else enjoy it instead of letting it sit in your closet.

Visit the group's Facebook page for more information on donating, volunteering, and nominating girls for free prom wear.