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Cinderella’s Closet opening for homecoming season

Fall is in the air and Cinderella’s Closet is set to open for homecoming season. Sponsored jointly by LACASA Center and Snedicor’s Green Earth Cleaners, Cinderella’s Closet is designed to provide high school girls with affordable and eco-friendly formal wear while increasing awareness about substance abuse.

Girls are invited to sign the “Party Promise,” a vow to stay alcohol and drug free on homecoming night, as part of their shopping experience. They also receive Sexual Assault Prevention pamphlets written by LACASA’s Teen Advisory Council.

This year, the boutique will be open on two consecutive weekends to accommodate varying high school homecoming dances being held throughout the county. Both boutiques are held at Snedicor’s Brighton store location.

All dresses are just $25, and some scholarships are available by speaking with the Volunteer Captain on duty at the boutique.

Boutique dates are Sept. 11 and 12 from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Dates for the second weekend are Sept. 18 and 19, from 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Girls from the community who shop The Closet are helping to recycled well-loved party dresses while contributing to charity. All boutique proceeds stay local and help victims of interpersonal violence at LACASA Center.

A “Dress Donation Drive” is now under way at either of Snedicor’s locations in Howell or Brighton. Gently-used gowns or party dresses are needed in current styles and in all sizes.  Snedicor’s provides free cleaning for all donated formal wear.

“The contributions we have received so far are beautiful,” said Cinderella’s Closet coordinator and LACASA volunteer, Hollie Heikkinen. “We are working hard to create an exciting shopping atmosphere for our high school girls.”

This program is part of LACASA’s education and prevention initiative that encourages high school girls to make healthy choices and create great memories on homecoming party nights.

“We want to build awareness among our young women that substance abuse and special celebrations don’t mix,” said Nicole Matthews-Creech, LACASA community education director.

“Peer pressure often comes into play on celebratory nights like this,” said Creech. “We want girls to stay drug and alcohol free on homecoming night so they can truly enjoy a memorable evening.”

Creech said that there is a direct link between substance abuse and crimes of dating abuse and sexual assault.

“Our goal is to build awareness among young women that making safe choices will create lasting memories for themselves, their family, and their friends,” said Creech.

“The victim is never to blame. We do want to make young women aware, however, that the risks of dating violence and sexual assault escalate when drugs and alcohol come into the picture,” Creech said.

Inquiries about Cinderella’s Closet or dress donations may be made by calling LACASA Center at 517-548-1350. To learn more about Cinderella’s Closet, visit www.lacasacenter.org.

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