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