Lisa Frisk is hosting a dress drive in the Glenmerry Hall at 3375 Laburnum Drive Thursday from 5-7 p.m. The gently used gowns

Cinderella’s Closet returns to Trail with even more sparkle

Thursday night dress drive seeks gowns, heels, accessories for donation or re-sale.

High school students might be dreaming about twirling at prom in a glamourous gown, now that classes are back in session.

Sure to bring the sparkle and glitz at an affordable price is Cinderella’s Closet – a one-night charity event that showcases gently used gowns, shoes and accessories that are ready to go to the highest bidder.

First, the closet is a little empty after last year’s ready-to-wear affair helped a dozen girls find their perfect prom dress at a fraction of the retail price.

Anyone who has a fancy gown, heels and fashionable doodads for donation or re-sale, is asked to drop into the Cinderella’s Closet dress drive Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the Glenmerry Hall on Laburnum Drive.

Lisa Frisk is hosting the dress drive for a second year, with a wish that word of the event hits not only Grade 12 students and Trail ambassador up-and-comers, but younger girls as well.

“I’m really excited to do this again,” said Frisk, an esthetician at Luca Hair Studio in downtown Trail. “It’s something I plan to keep doing, so I would like girls to know about it and have them excited to come back every year.”

The alternative dress shopping event gives opportunity to sell a pricey dress and accoutrements that may have hung in the closet after being worn only once or twice.

All Frisk asks, is that donated or re-sale gowns and wares be clean and mended before being brought to the hall.

Collecting fancy attire and planning the evening’s roster requires teamwork, so once again, Frisk has partnered with Allison McCarthy from the Canadian Cancer Society on Rossland Avenue. Dresses sold last year brought in nearly $600 for the Trail branch and this year, Frisk is hoping the event makes an even bigger splash.

“We have more to offer,” she said. “But we still need dresses, young volunteers and grads to come and help us out.”

She said the 2013 Trail Ambassador candidates pitched in to make the event a success and she is looking forward to more of the same this time around.

Twenty-five per cent of Cinderella’s Closet proceeds will be given to the Trail charity and five per cent to the 2014 J.L. Crowe Secondary School graduating class.

The remainder belongs to the dress owner, although last year, many chose to donate their funds back to the cause.

Cinderella’s Closet is slated for Oct. 16 from 6-9 p.m. at the Glenmerry Hall, when all dresses and accessories will have a set price or be up for auction during the fashion show.

Besides more vendors attending the second annual event, there’s also more prizes up for grabs.

For one lucky winner, the grand prize includes hair styling and full makeup on prom day, Frisk mentioned, adding that the appointment is already pencilled in at Luca Salon.

“We are still looking for donations for prizes,” she said. “But it’s really exciting because this year is going to be even bigger and better.”

For information, email Frisk at or text 250.231.5181.


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