"Godmothers" make prom affordable

March 6, 2009 3:40:58 PM PST
Volunteers are moving racks and racks of beautiful prom gowns into the Cheltenham Mall, getting ready for a Cinderella sale. Starting Saturday, March 7th, area students facing family hardships will once again pick from some 5,000 stunning gowns that are new or gently used.

You could possibly find the gown of your dreams for as little as five dollars.

Joyce Jesko, who had to fight with her parents to go to her senior prom, is playing the role of Fairy Godmother. She started the non-profit organization called the "Fairy Godmothers" nearly a decade ago to help teens in need.

"It makes us feel so good. I tingle throughout my whole body," Jesko said.

She gets the gowns from area stores like David's Bridal and even individual donations.

"With the economy this year, I'm sure their parents are saying 'There is no way we can do this,'" Jesko said. "So I am here to tell you 'Parents, yes you can go to the prom.'"

The prom fair is only open to juniors and seniors with school ID and family hardships.

The fair will run every Saturday through the end of the month. See below for hours.

During the week, counselors or social workers can get appointments for private sales. See below for more information.

Fairy Godmothers Prom Fair

Cheltenham Mall
Center Court
2385 West Cheltenham Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19150

Saturday, March 7th: 10am-7pm
Sunday, March 8th: 11am-5pm
Saturday, March 14th: 10am-7pm
Saturday, March 21th: 10am-7pm
Saturday, March 28th: 10am-7pm

**All participants must have a valid School ID or they will not be serviced. Cash Only.

Private Appointments

USE THIS LINK to email "Fairy Godmothers" to set up an appointment.

Participants will be seen by appointment only in the old "Total Sports" space (Across from Omega Optical). You can also visit this location between 11am-5pm to make an appointment. Joyce Jesko is the contact person.

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