Fairy Godmothers Initiative

As you know, I recently became a co-leader of Team EcoEtsy. One of the best things about the position is that I get to meet all kinds of great people on the team, up close and personal. And one of them is Myra Roldan, from FunkeyMonkeyCompany. She is also a blogger, a techy, and a serial-preneur. She was the “Featured Member” editor for the Team EcoEtsy’s blog for awhile until she became too busy to continue.. But among the numerous roles she plays, I am most impressed with the “Fairy Godmothers Initiative“, a project that shows just how self-less she is.

She started “Fairy Godmother’s Initiative” in 2008 where 350 free dresses were provided to girls who couldn’t afford a dress for the prom in Connecticut. In 2009, the event provided 300 dresses.  This year, in its third year, the initiative has a partner – The Connecticut Association of Foster and Adoptive Parents, targeting an additional segment of girl – girls who are currently in foster care.

Fairy Godmother Initiative

Myra connected with a few designers in New York and bridal shops locally to receive donations, including  Jason Wu, a hot NY designer who donated 5 dresses right off the runway in 2008. Several local bridal shops also gave basically any dresses Myra wanted from their discontinued and sample dress stash.

According to Myra,

“This year, I’ve coined the term, “Glamcycling” and it has been spreading like wild fire. I mean, think of the dresses you may have sitting in your closets that you’ll never wear again, even if you have the best intentions. I bet those dresses have some great memories tied to them but, yet they sit in your closets begging to be worn again. It’s amazing what happens when I announce that we are collecting dresses again. The emails start to come in, many offering to donate that special dress that helped them make great memories giving that dress new life.”

glam-cycle

Here is Myra on local Connecticut Channel 8 News explaining what Fairy Godmothers Initiative is all about and a fashion show.

Look at the dress I donated.
donated dress

If you would like to donate a dress or find out how to organize a similar event in your town, please visit Fairy Godmothers Initiative

You can checkout her blog at Chicky Lounge and follow her on twitter @mcprgirl.

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7 comments
Myra Roldan
Myra Roldan

Karen, thank you so much for writing this post and supporting my cause. Your dress donation and shoe donations will make some girls very happy.

Rosina
Rosina

This is such a great organization! They have one here to but I think they call it something different :) I've actually got a bridesmaid dress hanging on the front of my closet door waiting to go to the cleaners that I'm donating this year when they open up this year just before prom :) I remember going to prom and how important it was that I had a pretty dress so this is just so wonderful those that can't afford one. And how amazing that she has some designer dresses to. Some of those girls are going to be so surprised!!

Myra
Myra

Karen, you are the best! Thank you so much for the helping me spread the word. Our first event is this Saturday, March 27th and I'm looking forward to it. I will be posting pictures.

Maura
Maura

What a great initiative! I have never been to a prom - they only started to become into fashion here long after I left school - but can appreciate the costs involved and peer pressure to have the "look" on what is a milestone evening for many young ladies. Glad to see this getting airtime and publicity including on this blog. A feel good article that shows the generousity of people :)

Myra
Myra

Maura; I've been begging for publicity and it's paid off. The Channel 8 spot was a paid spot and I was able to get sponsorship from a local CT bank otherwise we wouldn't have gotten it.

Amy
Amy

I love this! I had so many friends in High School that could have gone to prom, but didn't have the money! I've given away my dresses already. But it really makes me wonder what I should do with my wedding dress...

Myra
Myra

Hey, maybe a Wedding Dress drive could be a great initiative. There are so many girls who don't get a chance to go to prom. I almost didn't go to mine but was able to save up some money to buy my dress which by the way I hated. But prom was great.