Guest Author - Cavelle Natasha Layes
Graduation is a time filled with emotions. Of course you were happy, finally you were free from that dreaded building which prevented you from enjoying so many sunny days, you were sad to leave all the friends which you acquired over the years and you were both scared and curious to see what challenges this new chapter in your life would unveil. Despite this whirlwind of emotions grad year is a time to celebrate and what better way to end it then prom.
Prom should be a time when every girl feels like a princess. What girl doesn't like to dress up? She should be able to spend hours on her hair and make-up and finishing it off by putting on her perfect dress. The sad truth however is that for some, prom can be a dreaded and horrible nightmare instead of a glamorous fairytale. There are many girls who can not afford to get their hair and make-up done or even a buy dress for that matter. With no fairy godmother to provide a pair of glass slippers many of these girls end up not attending an event which many girls hold as sacred as their wedding day.
But what if a fairy godmother DID exist? What if there WAS someone out there who could turn our rags into beautiful gowns? Well actually there is two real life fairy godmothers living in Saskatoon that go by the names Chantal Moloney and Ainsley Robertson.
Chantal Moloney and Ainsley Robertson are co-founders of a organization called The Princess Shop which provides young women who can not afford to go to prom with a beautiful dress, shoes, hair and make-up photos and everything in between. They began The Princess Shop in 2007 after looking for a way to give back to their community. What they stumbled upon was a major hit in allowing them to transform 39 girls into princess' in just the first year of operation. Since then The Princess shop has grown in popularity and has even expanded to other cities across Saskatoon and thoughts of expanding provincially have begun.
What Chantal and Ainsley have done for these girls is amazing, not only have they provided them with memories that will last a life time but they have also helped with building their self esteem. Itis something that not only helps them now but can have a major effect later in life. What better way to share what exactly they have done for these young girls then to hear from one of the princess' themselves :
"My name is Rebecca, I'm 20 years old and a graduate of 2008. As graduation rolled around I thought of what every girl thinks of, the dress. The only flaw in my dream was what many endure and thatís lack of funds. Not everyone can afford a three hundred dollar grad dress to make their Grande entrance in. Though it seems that fate and maybe sheer luck intervened one day as the guardian angels of graduates came to present their magnificent dream, The Princess Shop, an organization that gives girls like me a chance to have a grad to remember. Chantal and Ainsley were my fairy godmothers, and the wonderful people from Mary Kay and Chel Salon Spa were the friendly mice so to speak. Thanks to this wonderful organization I had the ability to live my fantasy and be a real Princess. It was an experience I will never forget, and will always treasure."
The Princess Shop is run by donations and fundraising. One of their major fundraisers is the Glass Slipper Benefit which is held each year. This event includes the current years princess' modeling the donated dresses, both a live and silent auction, guest speakers (this year included Miss Canada, Shannon Smadella), dinner and live entertainment. The event is a major hit with over 240 guest in attendance this year. If you would like to attend the Glass Slipper Benefit check out the official website of The Princess Shop or check them out on facebook for updated information. The tickets are cheap and all the money goes to a great cause.
The Princess Shop is a great example of women helping women. If you would like to lend a hand but do not have the time simply go to your closet and see if you have an old dress hiding inside. They run off donations and your one dress could change one girls rags into a night filled with amazing memories. Remember the girls come in all shapes and sizes, and not only are dresses accepted but jewlrey, shoes and other accessories as well. It is an easy way to clean out your wardrobe and help out many girls to come how can't you feel good about that. For more information on where to send donated items, other ways to volunteer or information on how to apply please check The Princess Shop's official website .