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Glass Slipper event to be held Friday, Saturday

Organization distributes free prom dresses

Dresses hang on a rack on Tuesday in the basement of Wesleyan Church in Mitchell. Glass Slipper has hundreds of dresses available for their program, but are always looking for more donations so they are able to help more girls of all shapes and sizes. (Sarah Barclay / Republic)
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“Cinderellas” from throughout the region will gather in Mitchell this weekend for a free prom dress giveaway.

The eighth annual Glass Slipper will be held Friday, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon at the Wesleyan Church located at 601 N. Sanborn Blvd., Mitchell.

“Our mission is ‘making every Cinderella a princess in time for prom,’” Glass Slipper President Jolene Kayser said. “Throughout the year, we gather hundreds of gowns, shoes and other accessories that we hand out, free of charge, to girls from area school districts who visit us.”

Cinderellas are matched with personal shoppers who help make sure they find the perfect dress. They’re also treated to snacks as they wait and sign up for prom-related giveaways.

There are no applications or screening processes to get a dress from The Glass Slipper—any girl is eligible for a free dress, regardless of financial need.

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“All we ask is that they consider giving their dress back to us in the future,” Kayser said.

Donated dresses, shoes, accessories and prizes can be dropped off at the Mitchell Wesleyan Church Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. year-round.

“We have been so blessed by the church, who not only donates their space for our event each year, but also helps us with perpetual collection and storage,” Kayser said.

Those interested in volunteering to help with the event or bring snacks for attendees are encouraged to sign up at https://m.signupgenius.com/?fbclid=IwAR1kG8Q2_ODn8wUcMNObJV3oz6gyYymRENRBar-cTJ7aO10KkaJZP-sf3Kk#!/showSignUp/70a0549aba62da3fc1-2020 .

“We couldn’t do this event each year if it weren’t for the incredible support of our donors and our volunteers,” Kayser said. “We are thankful that they have seen our vision for The Glass Slipper, and look forward to continuing to work with them into the future.”

The Glass Slipper is a 501(c)(3), meaning donations for the event tax-deductible.

Members of the Glass Slipper board of directors includes Jolene Kayser of Alexandria, Aimee Nebelsick of Mitchell, Wendy Royston of Ethan, Kendra Klumb of Ethan and Alyssa Herman of Mitchell.

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Erik Kaufman joined the Mitchell Republic in July of 2019 as an education and features reporter. He grew up in Freeman, S.D., graduating from Freeman High School. He graduated from the University of South Dakota in 1999 with a major in English and a minor in computer science. He can be reached at ekaufman@mitchellrepublic.com.
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