A Junior at Auburn Mountainview High School, Mikayla Dayley has always collected formal, prom-style, dresses. This enjoyment of dresses caused her to consider if there was a source for girls of less financial means to get dresses, so they too could attend prom. Not knowing of any, Dayley and her mother Kimberly, developed the Fairy Godmother Project.
The Fairy Godmother Project is designed to gather formal attire for those who can not afford it, allowing them to go to prom regardless of finances. The project serves students of Auburn or nearby cities. With an array of styles, the project has gathered a collection of about 70 dresses, of which only 15 were purchased by Dayley. It is her hope to have suits added to the collection soon.
Ensuring inclusion, dresses in sizes XXS to size 28 are available. Once a student chooses their dress or suit, a seamstress is available to make necessary adjustments to the garment. Chris Sleipness Onishi has volunteered her time and talents to the Fairy Godmother Project. Onishi works for the Auburn School District as the costumer for the Auburn Mountainview Theatre Company.
Evolution of a Vision
Dayley’s original vision for the project has evolved from originally just providing dresses and shoes. With a goal of now helping male students and having make-up, hair, nails, and flowers available as well, she now wishes to “make their night as special as I can.”
The search for hair and make-up artists has just recently begun, but Dayley is excited as volunteers have already started coming forward. “This project really seems to be coming together. The community is really embracing it.”
As a Junior, Dayley intends to continue the project next year as well. There is no deadline for donations, as the project is not limited to prom, but for homecoming and other formal dances. While continuing the project beyond graduation will depend on where she attends college. If she is not local Dayley says she will “pass [the project] down to an underclassman.”
For Dayley, the Fairy Godmother Project isn’t about her, but more “the outpouring of love and generosity of the community.”