Project Cinderella

Project Cinderella will be held on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 in Arlington, VA!


Registration will be open from Monday, February 13 until Monday, February 20. Registration will be in a LOTTERY DRAWING FORMAT. Participants will be selected at random and winners will be notified by Tuesday, February 21st.

What is Project Cinderella? Most branches of service have at least one anniversary or recognition “gala” each year. For many active duty women and military spouses this is their first exposure to a formal event. These special events can be intimidating and overwhelming considering the etiquette and protocol associated with attending large-scale functions.

Project Cinderella is a special event that empowers military women and spouses to embrace their authentic beauty by providing them with a variety of interactive workshops (such as Fashionista on a Budget, Formal Etiquette and Protocol, and more), special speakers, and a visit to the Dress Boutique to select a “new-to-you” formal gown and accessories. Throughout the day, attendees will get the opportunity to network with other military ladies and special guests. Ladies leave the event armed not only with some new fashion pieces, but also with empowerment, increased confidence, new skills, and a broader network of friends within the military community!

2017 Special Guests

Opening Speaker Elizabeth Prann O'Day

Elizabeth Prann hosts America’s Election Headquarters on the FOX News Channel from Washington, DC on Saturdays from Noon ET – 2PM ET. She is also a correspondent for the network. She originally joined the network in 2009 as an Atlanta-based correspondent.

During her time at the network she has reported on live events such as the Alabama hostage standoff in 2013, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Hurricane Sandy, Irene and Isaac and the West Fertilizer plant explosion.

Before reporting for the network she was an anchor and reporter for the NBC affiliate, WJHG, in Panama City Beach, Florida. Elizabeth began her TV career in production. She worked as an assistant for Greta Van Susteren’s then 10PM show, On the Record.

She graduated from the University of Florida and now lives in Maryland with her husband, Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Darren O’Day and their two year old daughter.

Formal Etiquette and Protocol Workshop Elizabeth “Betsy” Adams

Elizabeth F. Adams is Director, Air Force District of Washington Ceremonies and Protocol. She is responsible for advising the AFDW Commander on ceremony and protocol issues within the National Capital Region. She plans and coordinates ceremonies to support Headquarters Air Force, oversees scheduling and management of the Jacob E. Smart Conference Facility and oversees the Headquarters Air Force directed visiting General Officers’ Program which provides lodging and transportation service to general officers transiting the National Capital Region

Mrs. Adams commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1986 and served 20 years before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2006. During her tenure, she served in the security forces career field, as a ceremonial guardsman and as a protocol officer. She also served three years as an Inspector General assigned to Department of Defense Inspector General.

Mrs. Adams began her second career as a civil servant in 2007. Prior to being assigned to AFDW, Mrs. Adams was the Chief, Security Assessments Branch, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Washington, D.C.

Style Essentials Workshop Patty Chism

Named one of Washington DC’s best personal stylists by the CBS television network, Patty is a wardrobe consultant and stylist offering a partner based service. Who’s the partner? YOU ARE! The client looking to collaborate with Patty on rejuvenating their wardrobe and create a new sense of confidence…confidence with style that is!

Closing Speaker Melissa Fitzgerald

In November 2013, Melissa Fitzgerald joined Justice For Vets as its new Senior Director. As an actor, Melissa is best known for her seven-year role as Carol on the NBC smash hit The West Wing, but off-screen she is widely recognized as a courageous advocate for people in need. Melissa is co-founder of Voices in Harmony, a non-profit mentoring organization that uses theater to work with underserved teens.

In 2007, Melissa traveled to war-torn Northern Uganda to bring the Voices in Harmony program to former abducted child soldiers and other teenagers effected by the region’s brutal rebel war. The experience opened her eyes to the lingering impact of war. In 2011, Melissa co-executive produced the documentary Halfway Home.

Project Cinderella Honorary Planning Committee

  • Mrs. Kelly Hokanson
  • Mrs. Sally Lengyel
  • Mrs. Victoria McLaughlin
  • Mrs. Suzie Schwartz
  • Mrs. Ricki Selva

Check out the pictures from last year’s event

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