Cheyanne Salling, in a gown from the Cinderella Project, and her date pose for pictures for her senior prom. Photo courtesy of Cheyanne Salling.
CHURCH HILL — Cheyanne Salling looked like a princess at her junior and senior proms thanks to a handful of Hawkins County “fairy godmothers” who provided a brand new dress and accessories for free.
In her case, however, Salling brought her prince with her to the ball, and her gown and other accoutrements didn’t disappear at midnight.
On Tuesday, Salling will be turning in her 2013 prom gown so that hopefully another young woman might have an opportunity to enjoy a magical night without the intimidating dress bill.
Over the past two prom seasons in 2012 and 2013, the Hawkins County-based “Cinderella Project” has outfitted hundreds of young women for their high school proms, providing new and used dresses, shoes and accessories that are donated by the community.
It can cost a young woman $1,000 or more for a new prom dress, shoes, hairdo, nails and other accessories.
It’s no secret that in today’s economy that’s an expense that not every family can afford.
Salling attends the church where the program was launched and got in on the ground floor. In 2012, the former Volunteer High School student received a dress and accessories for her junior prom.
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