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Cinderella Affair recognized with partnership award by quotes

Cinderella Affair recognized with partnership award


TEMPE, Ariz.- Since 2002, dreams have come true for high school girls in
the Valley who otherwise would not have been able to afford prom
dresses. Now the program has been recognized statewide with an award
commending the partnerships it has fostered.


The Cinderella Affair was the brainchild of Cheryl Hornyan, Gloria Fox
and their daughters. They enlisted the help of Tempe Community Council,
the City of Tempe Parks and Recreation Department, and the East Valley
Women’s League to set up a program to gather donated prom dresses and
give them to girls in need. 


Cinderella Affair was recognized in August by the Arizona Parks and
Recreation Association with the 2006 Partnership Award, which recognizes
collaborations of public and private groups that have made significant
contributions in the field of parks, recreation and cultural services. 


Mayor Hallman will highlight the award during the Mayor’s Announcements
portion of the City Council meeting on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in
City Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth St.


More than 2,000 dresses are in storage today, thanks to the enthusiastic
support of the original partners, along with the East Valley Women’s
League and the Valley community. More than 100 volunteers offer their
services to the program each year. Every March at the Pyle Adult
Recreation Center, volunteers help the girls select the right dress,
shoes and accessories while a sewing group, the Needlewielders, provide
on-the-spot alterations.


Western States Dry Cleaning and Launderers Association provides free dry
cleaning once a dress is selected. The United Phoenix Firefighters
Charities and the Tempe Diablos financially support the program. In
2004, Mr. Formal began offering 50 free tux rentals for male students
needing prom attire. Last year’s prom season served students from 43
Valley high schools, including public, private and charter, as well as
schools in Florence and Prescott.


In 2007, Cinderella Affair is tentatively scheduled for March 30-31 at
the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., in Tempe. For
more information, call 480-858-2310 or visit
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