Attleboro Salon Owner Plays Fairy Godmother to High School Girls
Deana started Cinderella Swap for girls because no one should be left out on prom night because they don't have a dress to wear.
Prom night is a night most people remember for decades after the special night, and every girl is entitled to that memory, one Attleboro salon owner says.
Deana Pinette, owner of the Cutting Edge Salon & Spa in Attleboro, wants every girl to feel like Cinderella on their prom night, even if they can't afford a dress.
That is why Pinette, HarborOne Credit Union, Cat Country 98.1 and many other local businesses have teamed up to offer for the third consecutive year, Cinderella Swap, an opportunity for high school girls to sift through the racks of nearly 1,000 prom dresses looking for the perfect one.
Along with the free dresses, Cutting Edge also has free shoes, purses and accessories to choose from to complete the full ensemble.
If that is not enough, Pinette and her crew provide the girls with a gift bag of beauty products donated by Mary Kay consultant Donna Kepner, CB Sullivan Beauty Supply and Boston Beauty.
For those dresses that are a little too big, no worries. Betty Dyer of Rehoboth has offered her free alterations for the Cinderella Swap.
Girls are encouraged to make their appointment, which are private and during the salon's non-business hours, as soon as possible. Appointments begin March 6.
Several other local businesses have donated all the necessities for a perfect prom night. Items will be raffled and include:
- a 10-passenger limo for the night from Prinstine Limousine in South Attleboro;
- three free tuxedo rentals from Roberts House of Formals in South Attleboro;
- one bouquet and boutonniere set of flowers from Flowers by the Station of Attleboro, 12 American Express gift cards ($25 value) from Harbor One,
- one up-do hairstyle, one free makeup application, two free tanning packages, one full set of nails, one manicure and a pedicure at the Cuttting Edge.
The Cinderella Swap is not exclusive to Attleboro students. Each year since she started the swap, Pinette has provided dresses to girls from other Massachusetts cities and towns and from Rhode Island. The first year of the Swap, 109 girls went home with prom dresses, and 149 benefited in 2010.
The dresses, some of which still have the tags on them, are donated by people in Attleboro and neighboring towns. There are several sizes available, though Pinette said she could use some additional plus-sized dresses to offer the girls this year.