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Stamford, CT | Added on March 27, 2014 At 05:24 PM

Inside Holly Hyman's home in Stamford --

"Dresses, shoes, bags," said Stamford resident Holly Hyman, who is the organizer of the Cinderella Project for Stamford High School.  

-- There's everything from beaded gowns to flowy silks and soft satin dresses.

"The dresses are coming from everywhere and they are fantastic, fantastic dresses," said Hyman.  

It's all part of the Cinderella Project.  

"I have two boys, so I'm never going to be able to dress my own Cinderella," said Hyman.  

It's Hyman's mission to make every Stamford High School girl's dream of going to the prom come true.

"My friend Marni and I were working on the fashion show for Stamford High School and she had said, 'I wonder if there are girls who don't go to the prom because they can't afford a dress.'"

Now Hyman is asking people to donate prom wear.  Between a request on her Facebook page and generosity of nonprofit Person to Person, she's already received about 100 gowns.

"The prom is like, the thing you dream about, like a wedding.  You dream about looking your best and you want to feel special," said Hyman, "And I want every girl to feel special.  No one should not go to the prom because they can't have a dress."  

In her basement, Hyman sorts through different colors, sizes and styles.  Some prom dresses can cost as much as $500 or more.   She'll only suggest a 20 dollar donation to cover possible alterations.

Hyman says the donations will also go toward the school principal's discretionary fund to cover other prom related costs, like tickets, for those who need assistance.  

Stamford High School girls can browse the dresses at their school Wednesday April 9 from 7 am to 4 p.m.  If you would like to donate new or gently worn evening wear, email Holly at  



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