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A Cinderella Project - March 2012

Volume 4, Issue 3


WHAT’S INSIDE! • Note from the Director.........2 • Upcoming Events...................2 • Mothly Giveaway....................2 • Bridal Spotlight......................3 • Donor Spotlight.....................4 • Building Scrapbooks...........4

• Monthly Wedding Tip.........4


or the past 11 years, A dresses but 2012 proved to be the Cinderella Project’s Gowns & most successful year to date. Crowns Bridal Fashion Show has been considered a success but In just four hours, A Cinderella the 2012 event, on Project supplied more February 25, raised the “Thinking about than 500 brides with the bar to a new level. how many people dress of their dreams.

walked through Seven hundred brides“Seeing tears of joy and those doors brings to-be walked through receiving countless hugs tears to my eyes.” the doors of Le Jardin, makes all of the hard work worth it,” Longust a reception facility in said. “By receiving a simple Houston that has hosted Gowns & wedding dress or pair of heels, Crowns since 2001. Brides were these girls had a sparkle in their greeted with a team of consultants eyes that hadn’t been there in a and stylists ready to turn them while.” into the wedding princesses they’ve always dreamed of. To complete the wedding day transformation, Visible Changes As the room was flooded with and Clinque offered hair and brides waiting for a glimmer of makeup services to more than 350 hope, Executive Director Madison brides. Longust was overwhelmed at the turnout for the event. The goal of A Cinderella Project is to make every bride feel like a “Thinking about how many people princess on her wedding day and walked through those doors brings Longust feels that 2012 Gowns & tears to my eyes,” Longust said. “It Crowns event was a giant step in just reminds me why I wanted to achieving that goal. start this organization.” “I can’t wait to see how many Before this year’s event, Gowns dreams we can make a reality in & Crowns 2006 held the record 2013.” with 230 brides receiving wedding

A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR I would just like to take a minute to thank everybody involved in the 2012 Gowns & Crowns Bridal Fashion Show. With your help and generous donations, we were able to make more than 500 brides’ dreams become realities!

To all of the donors: Words cannot express how grateful I am for you parting ways with your beloved gowns so that someone else can wear it on their special day. I wish all of you could see the look on the bride’s face when she tries on the dress.

It brings tears to my eyes to think about how committed everyone is to bringing hope to the lives of complete strangers.

To the clients: You are the reason I get up and come to work every day. Just seeing your beaming smile or wiping away your tears of joy brings joy to the staff at A Cinderella Project and me. We are honored to a part of your wedding and make your dreams a reality.

To the sponsors: Without you, events like Gowns & Crowns would not be possible. So many businesses concentrate on the ultimate goal, making money, but I’m inspired by people like who are willing to sacrifice income to gain another reward, which is making the dreams of hopeless people come true.

I am proud to announce that 2012 Gowns & Crowns was a record breaking event for A Cinderella Project and it wouldn’t have happened without everyone’s committment and generosity.

To the directors: Since I started A Cinderella Project, I have been blessed to work with you on events like Gowns & Crowns. I appreciate the countless hours you have put into this special event and your commitment to changing lives.

I truly cannot wait to see how many lives are changed by Gowns & Crowns in 2013.


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Like A Cinderella Project on Facebook by April 15th for your chance to win a free wedding cake from Bavarian Cakery! All questions and comments should be sent to Madison Longust at For more information visit www. or call 281-586-5455.



age after page of gorgeous wedding gowns, tiaras, redcarpet hairstyles and Cinderella shoes were too much for Kelly Clinton, 20, to handle.

telling me that I didn’t deserve to look beautiful on my wedding day and that was devastating because that’s all I’ve dreamed about my whole life.”

For her yearlong With three months “I walked into the engagement, she cried before the wedding fashion show as a every day about not and no arrangements, depress and hopless looking like the bride Clinton began to think bride-to-be and walked she envisioned since that eloping was out knowing that I she was a little girl. the only option and But her prayers were would look and feel like was prepared to get answered with the married in jeans and a Cinderella.” help of A Cinderella t-shirt. Project’s Gowns & Crowns Bridal Fashion Show. After seeing a flier for a bridal show sponsored by A Cinderella Project, Growing up as a homeless child, a local non-profit organization that Clinton often spent her days looking helps low-income brides feel like at bridal magazines and dreaming a princess on their wedding day, of being a princess on her wedding a glimmer of hope appeared for day. Her only dream was to grow Clinton. up and be a wedding planner but her family’s lack of funds made it On Feb. 24, 2011, Clinton attended impossible for her to attend college. the Gowns & Crowns Bridal Fashion Show and instantly knew that her At 18, her boyfriend, Alex Huttle, dreams were about to come true. proposed and they planned to After meeting with a consultant, get married within the next year. Clinton and Huttle immediately got a job at a local McDonalds to save money for her dream wedding but after just a month, Clinton and Huttle lost their jobs due to the tough economy and have been unemployed ever since. “After I lost my job, my dream of a perfect wedding was shattered,” Clinton said. “It was like someone


Clinton knew that her prayers had been answered.

“I walked into the fashion show as a depressed and hopeless bride-tobe and walked out knowing that I would look and feel like Cinderella,” Clinton said. “Everyone who works at A Cinderella Project is truly a blessing to my life.”

Three months later on April 16, Clinton became Mrs. Huttle on what she calls the “happiest day of her life.”

Still mesmerized by her wedding photos, Clinton was draped in pearls, which complimented her beaded white wedding gown with a long train that followed her down the aisle. Her perfectly curled hair and breath-taking make up, done by a local stylist, made Clinton look as if she belonged on a magazine cover. It’s testimonies like Clinton’s that make Executive Director Madison Longust proud to be part of A Cinderella Project.

“[Clinton’s] story is makes all of the hard work worth it,” Longust said. “Every woman deserves to feel like a princess on her wedding day and that’s why I started A Cinderella Project.”

To read more stories like Clinton’s visit

DONOR SPOTLIGHT: MELISSA GRONEY October 14, 2010, was a day out of a fairytale for Melissa Hartman as that was the day she became Mrs. Melissa Groney. On her wedding day, Groney wore an ivory gown covered in tulle and draped in beads and pearls.

come true. However, parting with it wasn’t easy at first. “That was my dream dress and I just gave it away,” Groney said to herself as she walked out of the showroom.

On her one year anniversary, Groney sadly realized that the dress of her dreams had been sitting in a box since her special day and told herself that there had to be a better purpose for a dress she had only worn one.

It took a couple of days for Groney to emotionally let go of her gown but realized that she was making a difference.

“It finally clicked,” Groney said. “If a dress that I was never going to wear again could help someone look and feel beautiful on their wedding day, then I would be selfish not to take that opportunity.”

“My dress was basically new,” Groney said. “I wore it for about 5 hours and unless something changed, it was going to spend years in a box in my closet.”

The same dress that made Groney’s wedding day a fairytale was featured in the 2012 Gowns & Crowns Bridal Fashion Show. That night, Jennifer Hermann, who couldn’t afford a dress, tried on Groney’s gown and instantly fell in love.

After talking to friends about her guilt over a thousanddollar dress collecting dust, Groney decided that she wanted to someone else to get married in her dress, someone who couldn’t afford a dress of her own.

Because of Groney’s generous donation to A Cinderella Project, Hermann will walk down the aisle wearing the ivory gown covered in tulle and draped in beads and pearls.

On November 24, 2011, Groney walked into A Cinderella Project’s showroom and handed the dress over to the nonprofit that would use it to make some bride’s dream



uilding crapbooks!

Deidre Johnson and her mother have permanent smiles after finding a wedding dress at Gowns & Crowns.

Wedding Tip of the Month

A model walks the runway at 2012 Gowns & Crowns in a dress donated by Christina Ruiz.

Rebecca Grayson discusses possible updos with a hair stylist from Visible Changes.


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