Hosted by Metrocenter mall and organized by nonprofit group Fairy Godmothers of AZ, the third-annual Metrocenter Prom Fair is set for Saturdays, Feb. 14 and 21.

High school junior and senior girls can shop for and purchase a new or gently used prom gown for as little as $10, and accessories for $2 to $6.

No appointment is necessary, but selection and appointments are first come, first served. Girls must have a valid student ID or report card.

After signing into the event, students are assigned a “personal shopper” to assist with the selection of their gown, accessories and final purchase. All purchases are cash only.

Hours of the event are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Metrocenter is located at 9617 N. Metro Parkway West. Enter the mall near Sears; the event is located inside the space formerly occupied by Forever 21 on the second level, next to the Vans shoe store.

Volunteers also are needed to serve as personal shoppers and on-site seamstresses. Visit to register, or e-mail; various time slots are available. Must be 18 years or older to volunteer; seamstresses will need to bring their own sewing machines and supplies.

Donate Dresses

If you have clean and gently used formal dresses and accessories you would like to donate to financially struggling high school girls this prom season, there is still time to do so through the East Valley Women League’s annual “Cinderella Affair.”

Dresses and accessories will be collected Feb. 1-28 and given out for free in March and April at the EVWL’s new permanent location at 411 N. McKemy in Chandler. However, North Central Phoenix drop-off locations are available for donations. To find a list of Phoenix drop-off locations, visit or e-mail Traci Estenson at

This year, the Cinderella Affair is especially in need of larger size dresses (sizes 14-24) and shoes (size 10+). Visit the website to see a full Wish List of needs.

Last year, nearly 1,300 dresses were given away to students from throughout the Valley and around the state. If your teenage daughter is in need of a dress, find out how to get a free “ticket” by visiting the website an clicking on “Get a Dress.



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