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'Cinderella Affair' honored for success of its prom-dress initiative

By: Nikki Ripley

Sept. 23, 2006

Since 2002, dreams have come true for Corona del Sol, Marcos de Niza and other high school girls 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 Kyrene Corridor residents Cheryl Hornyan, Gloria Fox and their daughters. They enlisted the help of Tempe Community Council, the 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 a 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 Hugh Hallman will highlight the award during the announcements portion of the City Council meeting that starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, 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 Pyle Adult Recreation Center, volunteers help the girls select the right dress, shoes and accessories; a sewing group, the Needlewielders, provides 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 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 March 30-31 at Pyle Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe.

Information: (480) 858-2310 or visit

-- Contributed by Nikki Ripley, city of Tempe communication and media relations director


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