Fairy Godmother hopes to grant wishes, dreams with fashion show

Published 10:51 am Wednesday, March 29, 2017

By Dawn Burleigh

The Orange Leader

Many young ladies dream of the perfect dress for the prom, however, some cannot afford the added expense. In steps Fairy Godmother, who is holding an inaugural fashion show on Saturday to help economically challenged young ladies in the community have a dress for the big day.

“Our mission is to provide underprivileged teens with acquired attire to attend proms and other social events. An essence that’s imperative,” according to a press release. “As a village we will build up our youth’s self –esteem. Making our teens confident through beauty, fashion and relatable experiences and mentorship.”

As part of the fashion show, vendors and local businesses are encouraged to showcase their wares in the show as walking advertising during the show.

“This is for giving back to the youth,” LaNaes Danae said. “I have donated to one family a year in recent years but wanted to do something for community involvement this year.”

Danae, of Orange, is currently attending the Art Institute of Houston.

“The idea is new to the area,” Danae said. “Some people are unsure but others have shown excitement about the idea.”

The idea became reality as people offered Danae assistance with organizing the event.

“Larry Nelson, of Glass House Promotions, jumped on board helping rally the community as well as sponsor and donate to the event,” Danae said. “Jason Platt, of #MakeItHappen, has also helped with promoting the event. Corry Collins of Colbert Ball Tax Service made a generous contribution.”

Danae also said she was grateful for the help from Betty David Pruitt, a model and designer from Nederland.

While to goal is to be able to assist 11 young ladies with a financial contribution towards their dress, at least four may be awarded $500 to assist with their prom attire.

“We are also holding a dress drive,” Danae said. “We reached out to West Orange- Stark for a list of girls who may not have a dress. The donated dresses will be cleaned and donated to them.”

Danae also said one young lady, along with her mother will be selected for a shopping trip to search for her prom dress.

“Ebony Mitchell, an Orange native, wants to take out a mother and daughter for a shopping trip,” Danae said.

The Community Fashion Show and Dress Drive will be held 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Mt. Olive Community Center located at 106 West Park in Orange. Admission is free and the organizers will be accepting cash and formal attire donations.

For more information or to rent a vendor booth at the event, email fairygodmother847@gmail.com