Cindy, an alum of Polytech, was a senior at Texas Wesleyan University when she started her program in 2007. “I just wanted to give back by helping girls who can’t afford new prom dresses,” she says. “I remember my prom dress. I bought it for 20 dollars because I didn’t have much money.”

Prom Dresses For Free

Cindy Olivera started Prom Queen FAD in 2007. All photos by Rebecca Aguilar

Cindy, a marketing coordinator started Prom Queen FAD as a way of combing her passion for education and community service. As a senior in college, she asked her sorority sisters at Sigma Kappa Lambda to help with donations of dresses that could be worn to the prom.  Since then friends, family members, and even strangers have donated to the project.

This year, 150 dresses were donated to Cindy’s project. Some dresses are new, others are slightly used. The donations didn’t stop with the dresses; Cindy also got donated handbags, costume jewelry, shoes, even gift cards for the girls.

4 replies
  1. Dr. Tanginika Cuascud
    Dr. Tanginika Cuascud says:

    Great job, Cindy!!! I am so proud of you for this initiative! I donated all my dresses a few years ago for our LIP students because I know how important it is to enjoy the prom night. The prom is a night that will never come back and it symbolizes the culmination of an important part of a person’s life and education. No girl should have to choose not to go to her prom because she lacks a dress. Gracias, Rebecca, for writing about this great initiative!

  2. Joan Joplin Davis
    Joan Joplin Davis says:

    This was a great article! Wanting to donate a dress to this amazing cause! Thanks Rebecca for a wonderful article! Please let me know how I can donate for this year!


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