Fairy Godmothers to dress Ottawa area students for prom this Saturday


OTTAWA, ON –On Saturday, May 23, 2015 Fairy Godmother of Ottawa will open its doors for a Boutique Day where graduating teens who need a Fairy Godmother can find a Cinderella-worthy dress to make their prom night a magical experience, and it’s free.


Fairy Godmother of Ottawa was founded in 2002 by Melissa Shabinsky and Catherine Whitla to provide formalwear to Ottawa area high school graduates so that they can enjoy their prom in style. The goal of the program is to help make a positive impact on the participant’s self esteem by making them look their best on prom night and to celebrate their accomplishments while feeling proud and confident no matter what their economic circumstances might be. “If all that is keeping a graduating student from going to prom is a gorgeous dress, we can help,” says Catherine Whitla, co-founder of the Fairy Godmother prom program.

Since the start and through their major sponsor Browns Cleaners, they have collected thousands of beautiful gowns and have dressed over 1500 Ottawa area girls for their prom. High school guidance counselors, community centres and social organizations refer the candidates to Fairy Godmother and upon their arrival at the boutique day, they are assigned a personal shopper, or fairy godmother, who helps them to select their gown, shoes and accessories.

Boutique Day:                                             

Saturday, May 23, 2015 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:    Browns Cleaners Warehouse. 250 City Centre Avenue, Unit 100

 To book an appointment: Call 613-232-PROM (232-7766)

About the program:                       


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 For donations: Gently used dresses, shoes and accessories can be dropped off at any of the 26 Browns Cleaners locations in the city.


For more information : Melissa Shabinsky, Co-founder, (613) 795-1506, mshabinsky@gmail.com


Fairy Godmother of Ottawa is a non-profit organization dedicated to making prom night magical for all area teens. We collect new and almost-new formal dresses, shoes and accessories, and provide them free of charge to Ottawa area high school students who are unable to purchase their own prom attire. We distribute the dresses and accessories during our scheduled Boutique Days. Each student receives individual assistance from a volunteer personal shopper as she looks through our inventory for the dress of her dreams.


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