After 10 years under the purview of the Junior League of Scranton, a newly formed organization will take the reins of the annual spring tradition of “Cinderella’s Closet.” The event will continue in April 2014 under the direction of the new non-profit organization, Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA.
The boutique will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, at Genetti Manor Banquet & Conference Center in Dickson City. Details of a fashion show will be announced soon.
The newly formed organization is being led by a five-member executive board, led by President Maggie Nasser, who lives in Glenburn Township.
The board developed by-laws, a mission statement, and an official contract for the transition of Cinderella’s Closet from the Junior League of Scranton to its new organization, Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA.
“With the support of community volunteers, the wonderful spring tradition of Cinderella’s Closet will continue for many years to come,” Nasser said in a release.
Donations of dresses and accessories will be taken at The Mall at Steamtown on the following dates: Saturday, March 1, noon to 2 p.m.; Saturday, March 8, noon to 2 p.m.; Saturday, March 22, noon to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, March 29, noon to 2 p.m.
When the Junior League of Scranton created the project a decade ago, the first few of these events were held at The Tripp House in Scranton. The boutique grew beyond the walls of the historic home, from which it was transitioned to the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple.
The Junior League’s goal was to give as many young women as possible the opportunity to attend a formal event.
The collection of dresses grew each year and the attendance of high school girls exceeded the expectations of the Junior League. The storage of donated dresses could have been an expense all on its own but The Mall at Steamtown offered free space to store the hundreds of gowns donated each year. They are typically sold for $10 or less and last year’s event drew about 400 girls from 14 school districts in the region.
With the boutique growing larger each year, the Junior League of Scranton decided that the event should become its own entity, a non-profit organization supported by community members as well as individual members of the Junior League of Scranton called Cinderella’s Closet of NEPA.