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Our 10th Graduation Season a Success!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   August 15, 2017 11:30

"Thank you so much to everyone that helped me make this day truly special for me. When I first found out about the princess shop I never knew it was this amazing ! It was truly a day I will NEVER forget. I felt like a princess for sure and I got so many compliments on my make up hair and especially my gorgeous dress ! Thank you thank you thaaaaank you!" -Dacy, 2017 Princess Graduate

This June, we completed our 10th graduation season providing the Dress Program to 134 female-identified students graduating from school programs from 10 different communities across Saskatchewan.

Since the first graduation season in 2008, we have directly impacted the lives of 890 women on their graduation day! Some of these Princess Graduates have continued with our programs for mentorship (Fairy Godmother Program) and scholarships and skill development workshops (Next Chapter Program). 

We would like to express our sincere thanks to our sponsors for supporting our 10th graduation season:

Diamond Sponsor Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon

Emerald Sponsor Federated Co-operatives Ltd.

Ruby Sponsor Wright Construction Western Inc.

Friends: SIGA, Centennial 360, EY

 

 

Sponsor a Princess Graduate: Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation

Since 2010, we have had 65 mentorship matches in the Fairy Godmother Program! Some of these matches that are in the program today have continued from as far back as 2010.

Through the Next Chapter Program, we have been able to award over $150,000 in scholarships and bursaries, thanks to the amazing sponsors we have had contributing to this program. 

Most of our graduates are grade 12 students, however we honour requests from Grade 8s and post-secondary institutions. Our goal is to ensure that all female-identified students can attend their graduation ceremony and celebration stress-free, and then continue to pursue success in the next chapter!

It is more than a dress – everyone deserves the opportunity to recognize their accomplishments and participate fully in their graduation celebration. If you know anyone who would benefit from knowing about The Princess Shop (teacher, student or general supporter), please send them a link to our website!

Photography by: Wanda Keen Photography

Hair by: MC College

Makeup by: Spa Academy

Corsages: Blossoms Living

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How the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon Serves the Community's Greatest Needs

posted by The Princess Shop    |   January 6, 2017 16:29

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon's mandate is to "Serve the Community's Greatest Need.” The Princess Shop is honoured to be among the many worthy causes in the city being supported by this volunteer organization. 

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon have been a major sponsor of the Dress Program since the 2011-2012 graduation season, as Diamond Sponsor! This commitment and support has allowed The Princess Shop to grow and flourish over the years, and this year we are celebrating our 10th graduation season supporting Saskatchewan’s graduating women in need! With last year’s 127 Princess Graduates, we anticipate another busy year ensuring graduating students in the province have an equivalent graduation experience to their peers!

As a nonprofit group, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon puts on many initiatives throughout the year to raise funds that will go directly back into the community. It is important for the greater community to pay attention to these events, because their success is spread across so many initiatives in the community from grassroots sports to cultural events to social impact organizations like The Princess Shop! 

Keep an eye out for these fundraisers put on by the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon:

Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner - Feb 3rd, 2016 (tickets on sale now, here!) - The 57th Annual Kinsmen Sports Celebrity Dinner pays tribute to hockey legend Guy Lafleur with special guests Mario Lemieux, Luc Robitaille, and GM of the Montreal Canadiens, Marc Bergevin.

Kinsmen Home Lotto – Spring and Early Summer

Kinsmen Car Awards – July/August

Aside from fundraisers, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon also creates accessible experiences for the community:

Special Needs Shopping Night – November every year

Special Needs Movie Matinee – Spring and Fall

Kinsmen Day at the Zoo – Late June – Enjoy free access to the Saskatoon Forestry Farm 

Kinsmen Day at the Children’s Discovery MuseumMonthly free admission for all to enjoy one of Saskatoon's newest museums! The next one is on January 22!

Thank you, Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, for your loyal support and commitment to the Saskatoon community, and especially to the Dress Program!

Summer Vacation - The Princess Shop will be closed July 19-25

posted by The Princess Shop    |   July 18, 2016 11:17

With another successful graduation season wrapped up having served 127 Princess Graduates from 11 communities across Saskatchewan on their special day, we are ready to take a much needed holiday! 

We are so excited to begin the 10th year of The Princess Shop's operations! In the meantime, we're going to relax in the sunshine, and enjoy a few days off and have some quality time with loved ones. That is what summer is all about, right?

The Princess Shop will be closed Tuesday, July 19 through Monday, July 25, to resume office hours on Tuesday, July 26 at 9am. If you have a dress donation to make during this time, our donation drop off locations have you covered!

Stonebridge Drop-Off: Modern Sole Saskatoon 150 - 3020 Preston Ave S

Summer Hours: TUES 10am-6pm; WED/THUR 10am-7pm; FRI 10am-6pm; SAT: 10am-3pm
Please note, Modern Sole Saskatoon is closed Sundays and Mondays during the summer.

Kelsey Woodlawn Drop-Off: Exquisite Fashions & Bridal 1202B Quebec Ave (& 33rd St W.) 

Summer Hours: TUES/WED/THUR 11am-6pm; FRI 11am-5pm; SAT 10am-5pm

Lawson Heights/North Drop-Off: Pizza Hut 8-202 Primrose Dr

Hours: 1:30pm-4:30pm and 7:30pm-9:30pm, 7 days/week

 

We accept donations of current-style formal gowns, shoes, and accessories!


HAPPY SUMMER, and thank you so much for all of the support! 

Love, 

The Princess Shop Team 

The Princess Shop's Graduation Emergency Essentials Kit

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 24, 2016 16:45

Here at The Princess Shop, we are making our way through our 9th graduation season with 130+ Princess Graduates in our Dress Program! We have seen amazing growth in numbers of women accessing the Dress Program, which lends out the dress and accessories to graduating women in financial and/or social need. Furthering that, for Saskatoon Graduates we can set them up with hair, makeup, photos, limo and corsage (Thanks to these amazing sponsors) to provide the enhanced graduation experience to mark the accomplishment.

Over the past 8 years (this year not included) we have supported 628 women for their graduation day. That means 628 women have attended their graduation feeling proud of their accomplishments, and equivalent to their peers. 628 women who might not have attended their graduation celebration at all, if not provided the opportunity to be a part of The Princess Shop's Dress Program.

That being said, we know a thing or two about graduation days: the good, the bad, and the ugly. 

Whether you're reading this and you're a graduate, an escort, a parent, friend or a family member of a graduate, this is for YOU! We all want the big day to go smoothly, but we know anything can go wrong. It is our goal for our Princess Graduates to have a stress-free graduation day! Having been a part of so many graduates' big day, and accompanying them to hair, makeup and photography appointments, we have learned a lot about quick fixes, and how to be prepared in case of anything - and we would love to share this with you! 

Here is The Princess Shop's Graduation Emergency Essentials Kit:

  1. Safety Pins - these are a MUST for the day. They can temporarily fix anything from a shoe strap to a dress strap. They are small and can be thrown in a clutch easily! 
  2. Mini Sewing Kit - these are found at the dollar store and contain needle, different colour threads, mini scissors and a thimble. We love these kits because they are compact and affordable!
  3. Hooks & Eyes - throw a couple of these into the sewing kit. These are important pieces at the top of a zipper to take the stress off fastening the dress.
  4. Tide to Go Pen - a miracle worker for stains!
  5. Baby Wipes - an alternative to the Tide to Go pen. Last year a Princess Graduate got RED lipstick on her WHITE dress... Baby Wipes to the rescue! A nice gentle solution!
  6. Crazy Glue - the dollar store also has mini crazy glue tubes which is amazing. If there is something a safety pin can't fix, then saftey glue is your best bet!
  7. Bandaids - for when those heels start to hurt!
  8. Extra Bobby Pins - in case a piece gently falls out of your amazing updo!
  9. Q-tips - to gently touch up makeup throughout the day
  10. Granola Bar/Protein Bar - this one is important! During big, stressful days we tend to forget to eat or lose our appetite. However, keeping in mind that your energy needs to be sustained through the whole day, from hair and makeup to photos, to walking across the stage to receive the diploma.
If you want to go all out (and if you have the cargo room), you can add these items:
  • Oil blotting sheets
  • Mini can of hairspray
  • Ballet flats so you can really hit the D-floor!
  • Fashion Tape (double-sided tape)
  • Mini deodorant stick
Other words of wisdom? Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated; most graduation days take place end of June, which is known to be hot! 
 
Oh, and don't forget your banquet/prom ticket!
 
Happy Graduation Day to all!
 
Much Love,
 

The Princess Shop in Saskatoon Giving Gratitude for Amazing 2016 Sponsor List

posted by The Princess Shop    |   April 8, 2016 08:20

The Princess Shop is a Saskatoon non-profit that has an outstanding impact on the community. Now in the 9th year of hosting the Glass Slipper Benefit, The Princess Shop has reached 628 graduates across the province (and counting)! The Glass Slipper Benefit is our biggest fundraiser, and one of the most important nights of the year for our program. This is just one of the reasons why we have such gratitude for our amazing list of sponsors. Without the help of these sponsors, this evening wouldn't be possible. Without further ado, we'd like to take a minute to thank the following: 

 

 

To our title sponsor, K + S Potash Canada, to our dinner sponsor KPMG, to our supporting sponsors, McFaull ConsultingStrata Development CorporationExquisite Fashions and Bridal, and our Spiritwood Sponsors (Papa Rene's PizzeriaSpiritwood High School, Northern Lakes Economic Development Corp.)

Our event wouldn't have the same impact without the generous donations from organizations like this in our community. We are proud to be located in Saskatoon where the people are as kind as they are generous. Thank you to these sponsors for making a difference to The Princess Shop, and to so many young women in Saskatchewan who are able to participate in graduation because of it.

Special thanks to Kevin Stanfield of Global Saskatoon for emceeing the evening and bringing his witty charm! Mo' Love put on a lively performance at the end of the evening, and our Keynote speaker, Kara, spoke beautifully about her experiences and challenges finishing high school through anxiety and depression. Kara's message spoke to everyone, and stated that it should not matter what your path is, or how long it takes, that in the end, your accomplishments are your own and it is important to recognize that. In addition, your path makes you stronger and more resilient to go after your next dream!

The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses: 

Promotional Sponsor - Rawlco Radio: C95, News Talk 650 CKOM, Rock 102 FM
Auctioneer - Stan Garchinksi
Audio Visual Support - Inland AV
Decor Sponsor - Off the Wall Event Design
DJ - Conrad Devine
Entertainment - Mo' Love
Dessert - Cakes by Kait
Floral Centrepieces - Blossoms Living
Graphic Design and Printing of Promotional Materials - Rachael Meckling and Rayacom Saskatoon
Photography - Sharai Siemens Photography and Wanda Keen
Table Favours - Three Farmers and Shoppers Drugmart
VIP Area - Fresh Living and International Furnirture Wholesalers
Venue - TCU Place Saskatoon

The Princess Shop would like to extend a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all of the following sponsors for their generous support of the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses: 

Absolute Esthetics
AED Advantage
Airline Hotels
Alchemy
Apex Trampoline Park
Bella Sante MD Cosmetic & Laser Clinic
Beverly Ashdown Nail Studio
Blossoms Living
Blue Mountain Outdoor Adventure Center
Body Sense Esthetics
Bon Temps Cafe
Build-A-Bear
Cactus Club Cafe
Cakes by Kait
Calista Cooper - Artist
Captain's Den Tobacconist
Cathy Mumford Pottery
Champagne Bridal
Chatters (Preston Crossing)
Checks 'N' Balances Business Services
Conrad Devine DJ & Production
Con-Tech General Contractors
Cora Breakfast and Lunch
Dakota Dunes Golf Links
DancEgypt Dance Company
DavidsTea
Display Systems International
Dragon's Den Games
Drift Cafe and Vista Lounge
Dutch Growers
EB's Source for Adventure
E-clips Hair Studio
elizabeth.lyn Jewelry
Elwood Flynn
ESP Salon Sales
Etceteras
Exquisite Fashions & Bridal
Fitness Focus
Float YXE
Fonos Cakes
Fresh Living
FYi Doctors
Garchinski, Stan
Glitch Gifts and Novelties
Globe Theatre
Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
Gregg Bamford REMAX
Harvest Meats
Hats and That
Hawood Inn
Heritage Inn
Hillberg & Berk
HiTech Game Traders
Hub City Display
Hugo Alvarado
Hygeia Health Market
Impact Marketing
Infinity Management
Inland Audio Visual
International Furniture Wholesalers
Jaclyn St. Denis - MONAT Independent Market Partner
Jan Lake Lodge
Jubilee Ford - Rob Wilson
K+S Potash Canada
Karie Kazakoff
Kelly Block
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Kevin Stanfield
KPMG
KR Jewelry
Lauren Ethridge - Artist
Le Lash Boutique
Lead Pilates
Lift Accounting
Limelight Limos
Lucky Bastard Distillary
M & M Meats
Malaika Charbonneau- Artist
Market Mall
Mar's Mini Golf
Martine Sansoucy
Mary Kay Cosmetics
McFaull Consulting
Merle Norman Cosmetics (scotia center)
Midtown Plaza
Mo' Love
Modern Sole
Moshka Yoga
Motion Fitness
Move N' Soar
Nails by Aleisha
Ness Creek Recreational Society
New Balance Saskatoon
NextGen Automotive Installation
North Ridge Development Corporation
Northern Lakes Economic Development Corp.
Nosh Eatery & Tap
Novakoski, Shelley
O'Brians Event Centre
Off the Wall Event Design
One Yoga
Papa Rene's Pizzeria
Persephone Theatre
Poppie and Prairie Spa
Prairieland Park (Gardenscape Event)
Praxis School of Business
Pretty Little Shoes
proACTIVE Fitness
Rachael Meckling
Rawlco – C95, Rock 102 & News Talk 650 CKOM
Rayacom Printing
Revamp Salon Spa
Riverbend Dental
Riviera Motor Inn
Roxy Theatre (Magic Lantern Theatres)
RYDE YXE Cycle Studio
Salon Centre
Saskatchewan Rush Lacrosse
Saskatoon Business Furnishings
Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
Saskatoon Loves Pilates
Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra
SaskPower
SaskTel
SaskTel Centre
Scoles Fine Arts & Framing
Shakespeare On the Saskatchewan
Sharai Siemens Photography
Shearwater Cruises Ltd
Sheraton Cavalier
Shoppers Drugmart (University Heights)
Skydive Saskatoon
Snap Fitness
Solar Gardens
Soul Paper
Spiritwood High School
Stella and Sway
Strata Development Corp
Summit Sports + Health
Tara Yolan Productions
TCU Place
The Awl Shoppe
The Better Good
The Burning Beard
The Flower Box  & Event Planning
The giggle factory
The Granary
The Great Canadian Bagel
The Ivy
The Sandbox in the City
The Tunnels of Moose Jaw
Three Farmers
Tonic
Tony Roma's
Trail Appliances
Tryst Boutique
Twigs and Squirrels
Two Fifty Two Boutique
U of S Bookstore
Valeric Studios Inc.
Visions Salon & Spa
Wanda Keen
WestJet
Wyant Group Raceway
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From our community of volunteers and Princesses past, present, and future..... from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU. Our community thrives because of your generosity.

 


Much Love, 
The Princess Shop 

The Princess Shop Gears up for the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit!

posted by The Princess Shop    |   March 16, 2016 21:51

The Princess Shop is thrilled to be putting on the 9th Annual Glass Slipper Benefit for Princesses on April 7th, 2016! The Glass Slipper benefit is such an important evening of celebrating the success of each of our Princess Graduates over the years, as well as it's our biggest fundraiser of the year! At just over 70% sold out, ticket sales are closing in - but there's still time to get yours! Get your ticket before you miss out!

 

As we prepared for our big night, we sat down with our lovely and talented Glass Slipper Coordinator, Brittney Witte, to ask her what she's most looking forward to on our big night! "I’m so grateful to have the chance to coordinate an event for such a giving and unique organization. The volunteers I spend time with are all so caring, and beautiful inside and out, and it will be so rewarding to see the efforts of our time come to life for one magical evening", Witte said, "The Glass Slipper is going to be an elegant and exciting occasion sponsored by many fantastic companies. It takes the support of an entire community to put together an event like this". When asked the things she's most looking forward to, Brittney gushed about the live and silent auction with over 100 packages, catered dinner and dessert by Cakes by Kait, and entertainment by Mo’ LoveLastly, she said she's most excited for our Keynote Speaker. Cara, a former Princess Graduate is a persevering, strong, young woman with an amazing story to tell. We can’t wait for her to share her journey with all of you!


As a new feature of the Glass Slipper Benefit, we are so excited to have the support of Saskatchewan's own Hillberg and Berk jewellery company! Follow our facebook page and get your tickets today to find out how you can win 1 of 10 pairs of sparkle ball earrings, a $500 Hillberg and Berk gift card, or a luxury jewellery set worth over $895!!! 


For those sweet toothes in the crowd, Cakes by Kait is run by a very talented woman, Kaitlyn Bowman. Kait's baking is as sweet as she is. We can't wait to try the cupcakes that she's baking for the Glass Slipper Benefit, but for now, we'll keep the flavour a secret. :)  


The Glass Slipper Benefit is just 3 WEEKS AWAY and we are over 70% sold out! Get your tickets today to be a part of Saskatoon's most magical evening. And as a bonus, you can feel great knowing that your contribution is going towards providing graduation, mentorship, and scholarship opportunities to young women right here in Saskatoon. 

From Brittney, and the rest of The Princess Shop Team, we'll see you there! 

 

Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon: Dress Program Diamond Sponsor

posted by The Princess Shop    |   June 16, 2015 11:36

The Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon have been a major sponsor of The Dress Program since the 2011-2012 graduation season! This commitment and support has allowed The Princess Shop to grow and flourish over the years! With this year being out biggest year, we are proud to have over 120 participants in The Dress Program and are excited for a full week of graduation celebrations next week!

 

The Kinsmen Club’s mandate is to "Serve the Community's Greatest Need.” As an organization that supports disadvantaged women during the important transition from high school to the “real world”, we are lucky to be among Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon’s supported nonprofit and community groups in the city. While their sponsorship goes to the Dress Program, it leads the way and opens the doors to The Princess Shop’s Fairy Godmother Program and Next Chapter Program!

As a nonprofit group themselves, the Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon puts on many initiatives throughout the year to raise funds that will go directly back into the community. Their current event is the Kinsmen Home Lottery - there is still time to participate for your chance to win a dream home, Dodge Viper, vacations, and many more great prizes!

 

Thank you, Kinsmen Club of Saskatoon, for your loyal support and commitment to the Saskatoon community!

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t: 306-222-3311

Karen Robson, Executive Director

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