Rene Spallina and Cynthia Jackson were two moms with a vision - The Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester - which was realized in January of 2004. After seeing a story on Oprah about a program that provided prom dresses for financially challenged high school girls, they set out to create their own program in the Rochester Community. Since then the Fairy Godmothers of Greater Rochester has dressed an average of 500 young ladies a year for a total of nearly 7,500 young ladies.
Since the inception the charity has continued to grow and our reach continues to increase reaching out to over 200 high schools and special programs in the Upstate New York region and beyond. Although Cynthia relocated to the west coast, the charity continues to thrive due to the overwhelming support of the community. Mara Axelrod stepped in to support Rene and Cynthia's mission to insure this amazing program continues to not only thrive, but grow!
The mission is quite simple and that is to make sure that every young lady in the community has the opportunity to experience their high school prom feeling like a princess and that they are the most important in the world if only for that moment. Self-esteem and inner strength is what we advocate for each and every young lady by providing them with a personal shopper and a "Cinderella" like experience at our annual Prom Dress Fair.
Every young lady leaves with an evening gown, accessories and a goody bag that includes a $10.00 gift card to the Shoe Depot so they are ready for the big event. We pride ourselves in the caliber of the program we offer. With over 3,000 dresses - nearly 50% are brand new - ranging from size 0 to 30 and an accessory room that merchandises everything from evening bags, jewelry of every classification and an evening wrap to complete the ensemble! Over 90% of our accessories are brand new! It's a charity that does so much and one that will continue to thrive for the years to come!
Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in making a donation of time, apparel or money! We welcome all!