Cinderella's Closet of Monmouth County is continuing its work this spring by providing less fortunate students around New Jersey the chance to attend their prom.

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The charity was the brainchild of then-high school students, Stephanie Tomasetta and Katie Adams, who started it about six years ago.

The idea was to offer a place where these less fortunate kids could get furnished with prom attire and accessories.

PR Director Mary Pat Serhus says the overall goal is "to make sure that no high school student has to forfeit the life-long memories associated with attending their prom."

Cinderella's Closet holds annual boutiques where students are given the red carpet treatment with a fully stocked prom showroom and, even a personal shopper.

"We want to make sure we provide as much help to the students who really need," she said.

The main funding for the program and prom boutiques come from the annual Prom Fashion Showcase. This year's event is being held on Friday, February 22nd at the Ocean Place Resort in Long Branch. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door.

The boutiques are then held the following weekend, on March 2nd and 3rd, also at the Ocean Place Resort.

"It's hard nowadays. Mom and Dad are trying to afford the mortgage, people are out of work," Serhus explained. "Sometimes having that little extra help can make a huge difference."

The reach of the charity has grown each year, with nearly 500 students expected to receive help from this year. Cinderella's Closet has partnered with schools across the state to help identify which students need the most assistance. The eligibility is a collaboration between the charity and school guidance counselors and administrators.

"Students, who do need our help, get our help. And that's why we try to get the word out."

Learn more about this great organization by visiting their website and checking out their Facebook page.

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