What is it?
Enchanting Lives is an elegant 10th Anniversary Celebration that will benefit the Enchanted Closet and commemorate our service to nearly 5000 girls since 2003. This affair will include awards, live entertainment, reflections of the 10 years of service to metropolitan Atlanta, and extraordinary culinary delights.
Who will attend?
Slated to be one of the preeminent social events of the year, the affair will attract more than 200 of metropolitan Atlanta’s top professionals, business leaders, philanthropists. Girls and families who have benefitted from the service of the organization will also attend.
When and Where?
Enchanting Lives 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Marriott Courtyard-130 Clairmont Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030.
Prior to the formation of the Enchanted Closet in 2003, prom season was a stressful time for many metropolitan Atlanta girls living in low-income families, foster care, and group homes. Families faced very tough decisions as they contemplated what bills they would not pay to afford their daughters the lifetime experience of going to prom. The Enchanted Closet, Inc. serves as a valuable resource and has saved families close to $1,000,000. By providing nearly 5000 girls with formal dresses for prom, homecoming, graduation, and other special occasions, families have been able to direct their limited funds to maintaining their households, paying for healthcare, senior and college application fees.
The Enchanted Closet’s GIRL$ Service-Learning Program has aided the development of and enhanced the self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency of more than 400 middle and high school girls at-risk for lower educational attainment, abuse, human trafficking, pregnancy, poor health and other adverse conditions.
Through each Enchanted Closet program, a little magic is brought into the lives of the girls we serve. They see possibilities they never knew and are transformed into “belles of the ball” with increased confidence and self esteem. The impacts are not fully measurable. However, grades have improved, there has been a reduction in high-risk behavior such as sexual activity and drug usage, girls have become more confident and comfortable speaking openly with their parents, they have taken on leadership roles in school, are more focused on a college education, and some have started their own businesses. This reflects the three main goals of the program which are to enhance their self awareness, self esteem, and self sufficiency.