Angie and Terry Burkeen, directors of Club 180 Ministry in Cumberland, will host their annual Cinderella’s Closet event on March 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Club 180 in Cumberland.
Free prom, bash and military ball dresses and accessories will be given away for free.
“In order to participate, you must be a Harlan County student and be eligible to attend the seventh and eighth grade bash, the prom or the military ball,” said Burkeen. “We have dresses ranging from size 0 all the way to women’s size 24. We have approximately 250 dresses to chose from, so there is a wide variety of each size. We have short, long, real fancy and real simple dresses as well. We have something to fit everybody’s style. “
Burkeen said during the event there will be ladies there, who have volunteered to help on that day, to assist the young ladies in “picking out that perfect dress.”
She said someone will also be there to give the girls make-up tips for that special night.
“We have accessories to go with the dresses,” said Burkeen. “The girls can pick out a necklace, earrings, bracelets — just anything they find that will go with their dress. We also have shoes available in a huge range of sizes and styles.”
Burkeen said a door prize will be given away each hour and a parting gift will be given to each girl who picks out a dress.
“This is all free of charge,” said Burkeen. “The only thing we will need is a letter or some type of verification from the resource center at the school where the girls attend saying they are from a Harlan County school and they are eligible.”
Burkeen added Club 180 Ministry has partnered with the FRYSC staff on this event and are familiar with what the girls will need.
“We had a huge success last year,” said Burkeen. “Every girl who came to the event walked away with a dress they were happy with. We gave away approximately 55 dresses and this year we hope to give away even more.”
Burkeen said this is one way of helping families who are struggling financially, especially now with so many coal industry layoffs in the past year.
“These girls feel beautiful when they leave this event,” said Burkeen. “That’s what it’s all about — making these young ladies feel good about themselves and knowing they can come here and pick out a dress and be as beautiful as God made them.”
Burkeen said if anyone has a prom dress they would like to donate she is “still taking dresses.”
For more information or to donate a dress, you may call 606-733-0920 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also drop the dresses off at Club 180 Ministry in Cumberland from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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