Cinderella Project MKE dress distribution takes place Saturday at the Bradley Center

Over 100 high school girls will pick out their dream prom dress Saturday


Spring is here and for high school students, that means prom is near. On Saturday, over 100 high school girls will gather at the Bradley Center to get ready for prom and choose their dress for the special occasion. More than 1,200 dresses were donated through the Cinderella Project MKE and the girls will be able to take home a dress at no monetary cost.

The Cinderella Project MKE was created by The Gadzuric Foundation and was established to not only provide high school girls with a free prom dress, but also help the area youth build self-esteem through the process. Over the last few months, the girls were asked to submit an application detailing why they thought they were deserving of the dress and attend a two-hour workshop that covered various topics including safe prom choices, healthy relationships, nutrition and self-esteem.

Now that the process is complete, it is time for the girls to pick out their dream prom dress. The event takes place from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in the Bradley Center Courtside Club on Saturday.

Girls that have not applied but want to attend Saturday's Cinderella Project MKE event and receive a prom dress can still do so. Those still interested are asked to arrive at the Bradley Center at 10:00 a.m. to attend a workshop and then they will qualify to select their prom dress on Saturday. Not only will the girls be able to pick out their prom dress, but there will also be hair and makeup demonstrations, music and food provided by Palermo's Pizza, cookies provided by Midwest Airlines, along with beverages courtesy of Pepsi Cola Beverages. Other generous donations came thanks to London Cleaners, who donated cleaning services for 500 of the donated dresses and Boston Store, who donated dresses and proceeds from a Bucks game in-arena auction. Kapco also helped by providing funding for collection containers used at participating retailers. Participants will also receive free copies of the April Teen Vogue and March prom insert.

"The Cinderella Project MKE has been a great experience for everyone involved," said Lisette Gadzuric, who is the founder of The Gadzuric Foundation along with her husband, Bucks center Dan Gadzuric. "We have received an enormous amount of support and all of that support will help each girl have a safe and memorable prom experience."

The Gadzuric Foundation was created by Bucks center Dan Gadzuric and his wife, Lisette, who is an avid volunteer in the Milwaukee community. The foundation's mission is to eliminate negative barriers affecting youth and their families, replacing these obstacles by fostering self-esteem with positive experiences that build autonomy, enhancing the community.