Cinderella’s Closet makes homecoming magical


Cinderella’s Closet makes homecoming magical

by Co-Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Saba


With the homecoming dance fast approaching and the average dress price hovering in the $60 to $90 range (as seen at JCPenny and Kohl’s), some girls may feel overwhelmed by the price tag attached to their night of dancing. This is where Cinderella’s Closet comes into play.

“[They] started it to provide affordable dresses for people who couldn’t pay for astronomically priced dresses,” Cinderella’s Closet volunteer Ms. Lyn Blevins says.

The dresses at Cinderella’s Closet are indeed quite cost-conscientious: each gown, whether long or short, is only $25.  

“The money [from the dresses] is used for different programs in LACASA,” Ms. Blevins says. “It really helps people in need.”

According to Ms. Blevins, LACASA Center has been running Cinderella’s Closet for more than 10 years now. Cinderella’s Closet is open during the homecoming and prom seasons, but gently-used dresses are able to be donated throughout the year at both the LACASA Center and the Brighton and Howell Snedicor’s Green Earth Cleaners locations. Snedicor’s provides free cleaning for all donated dresses.

“When you see the excitement on [girls’] faces…[you can] see the joy when they find “The One”,” Ms. Blevins says of what makes Cinderella’s Closet so important.

Howell High School students would agree.

“…I think [Cinderella’s Closet is] a great opportunity so everybody can have the experience of homecoming,” senior Ralea Esper says.

The dresses at Cinderella’s Closet are more than just economical: they are, like the fairytale princess who lent her name to the boutique, straight out of a storybook.

“The high prices [of ordinary dresses] are quite unnecessary. Most dresses are upward of at least $60, usually more. These prices seem even steeper when you think that there are places like Cinderella’s Closet where you can get just as good quality of dresses for a fraction of the cost,” says senior Emily Lesniak.

Before browsing the selection of gowns, girls are invited to sign a poster describing “My Promise.”

“The promise encourages high school girls to remain clear headed at parties so they can make good decisions and enjoy their milestone celebrations,” LACASA’s website says.

After the perfect dress has been selected, all girls are encouraged to post a picture of themselves wearing their homecoming outfit to the Cinderella’s Closet Facebook page.

“I think [Cinderella’s Closet] is good for the community. People don’t realize that others need the help because Livingston County is believed to be wealthy,” Ms. Blevins says.

Cinderella’s Closet is held at  Snedicor’s Green Earth Cleaners, 8688 W. Grand River Ave., Brighton, and will be open on the following dates and times:


Friday         Sept. 25     3 – 8 p.m.

Saturday     Sept. 26     11 a.m. – 4 p.m.