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Getting to the Prom at Stamford High School

'Cinderella Project' makes it possible

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Stamford, CT | Added on April 09, 2014 At 02:43 PM

Stamford High School student Stephanie Mejia wasn't planning on going to the junior prom.

"I was just like, no I'm not going to afford a dress and I'm not going to be able to go.  So I'd just rather not go," said Stephanie Mejia, a junior at Stamford High.  

But thanks to the "Cinderella Project," that's all changed.

"Somebody actually made it possible for me to actually try to go and I'm really grateful for this," said Mejia.  "I never thought I was going to be choosing a dress for myself."

That somebody is Holly Hyman -- a Stamford mom who organized the project for girls in need of prom dresses.  

"We've had a lot of girls come in.  A lot of different dresses.  We've had some very happy girls," said Holly Hyman.

Today Hyman and her friends set up racks of donated gowns and rows of accessories at the high school for girls to shop.

"To have a donation and [have] them try it on.  Everyone was generous," said senior Andrea Lopez.  

"I came in and she's like, just look at them around.  And I was like, ok.  So I started looking," said Mejia.

After searching through the dresses, Stephanie found the perfect one.

"I had set my hopes on this one.  And then when it fit, I was just like, it's a good feeling," said Mejia, "Because you finally found the perfect dress that fits to you."

With the perfect shoes to go with it.  

"I want to tell them thank you so much.  I'm really grateful for letting them try this and being able to give me dresses.  I never thought anybody would actually come and do this.  This is really awesome," said Mejia.  

Now Stephanie is making plans to go to the school dance with her friends at the end of this month. 

"It's going to be fun," said Mejia.

Prom wear can be expensive, but Hyman's price tag -- a $20 donation.  She says those funds will go toward a ticket fund and other costs.  


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