Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

Local News

March 22, 2013

Area teens will get prom makeover Saturday at Cinderella’s Closet event

JACKSONVILLE — As Saturday's “Cin-derella's Closet” event draws nearer, people are getting more and more excited, said The Clothes Closet & More executive director Mickey Gear.

“It is going so well, beyond our expectations” she said of the event hosted at the 314 S. Main St. ministry in Jacksonville.

“Of course, April's input has a lot to do with how much it's growing this year.”

Local resident April Wright began an initiative earlier in the year called Project Prom, which will give a handful of young women from Jacksonville High School a Cinderella-like experience from pampering to dressing for this year's prom.

Wright missed her own senior prom because of health issues – a brain tumor diagnosed her freshman year, then the eventual discovery of additional tumors in her thyroid and parathyroid glands, caused by a rare genetic disorder called Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia.

Project Prom was her way of “giving back” to young women who, for whatever reason, couldn't go to their own proms. “I figured it'd be a good way to start,” said the Jacksonville High School 2001 graduate said in an earlier interview with the Jacksonville Daily Pro-gress.

Wright will be the guest of honor at Saturday's “Cinderella's Closet” event, which is from noon to 2 p.m.

“She's so excited,” Gear said. “It's something we've done for several years, but this year is special because of April.”

Last year, 42 youths took part in Cinderella's Closet.

This year, approximately 100 dresses have been donated to this year's project, and for the first time, tuxedos also have been donated for 10 young men.

However, items such as jewelry, shoes, hosiery and tuxedos are still needed, she said.

Gear said the formal wear will be available to high school students up until the prom itself, but suggested that participants plan ahead to give themselves time to get their outfits cleaned and pressed.

Several local dry cleaners are have donated vouchers for their services.

“The community has been pretty supportive,” Gear said.

As part of this year's Cinderella's Closet project, coordinators will be raising funds for at least one scholarship to be awarded to a participant who is graduating this year.

Applications will be available at Satur-day's event, and have a May 1 entry deadline.

Contact Mickey Gear at 903-586-0204 for more information about Cinderella's Closet.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Father Mark 3.tif Godspeed, Father

    The news that Father Mark Kusmirek would leave Jacksonville to accept a new assignment Aug. 1 in Longview spread quickly around town this month.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Alto City Council examines gas line issue

    City leaders have started looking into the process of moving a gas line that runs from Alto through Wells along U.S. Hwy. 69 to meet requirements of TxDOT, which is widening the road through the city.

    July 26, 2014

  • Proposed JISD budget to get hearing date

    Jacksonville school board members will meet Monday evening for a combination budget workshop, regular board meeting and a summer board retreat, according to an JISD meeting agenda.

    July 26, 2014

  • County leaders to consider backhoe purchase

    Cherokee County Commissioners' Court will meet in regular session 10 a.m. Monday in the County Courtroom in the County Courthouse to consider approval of a backhoe purchase through a cooperative purchasing exchange for Precinct 2.

    July 26, 2014

  • Sheriff's officials bust Mixon steroid lab

    About 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24., investigators and deputies with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant at a residence on FM 3052 in the Mixon Community near Bullard.

    July 25, 2014

  • UPDATE: County co-op says many customers may not have power until Friday

    July 24, 2014

  • Old Jville Bearden Store.tif Longtime furniture store changes hands

    For the better part of a century, Bearden Furniture Co., Inc., has been the go-to place for local residents wanting to beautify their home.
    Furniture and accessories, carpeting, window treatments – even electronics at one point – were offered at the Commerce Street store, but on July 1, the family who started Bearden's sold the company to Louisiana-based Ivan Smith Furniture company.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Athens woman confesses to killing daughter

    A 25-year-old mother is in the Henderson County Jail after telling authorities that she had killed her four-year-old daughter, Monday
    morning.

    July 24, 2014

  • Bullard: District names Jan Hill as deputy superintendent

    Bullard Independent School District is proud to announce Jan Hill as Deputy Superinten-dent. Hill will assume the new role effective immediately.

    July 24, 2014

  • ‘Christmas in July’ drive benefits area foster children

    Sure, December is still more than five months away, but Cherokee County residents are getting the chance to start spreading some holiday cheer a little early this year during the annual Christmas in July donation drive, benefitting the county's Rainbow Room.

    July 24, 2014