June 10, 2014
In March of 2006, Keri Byer was determined to help a friend who couldn’t afford to purchase her daughter’s prom dress. Keri had missed her own high school prom because of lack of finances, so she understood their pain.
She advertised on a community website for help and the response was overwhelming. She received donations of almost 20 dresses and assorted shoes and accessories. She put the word out about free dresses and word quickly spread. Girls from local high schools soon began calling her.
This was the beginning of Keri’s Fairy Godmother Foundation. Since then, Keri hasn’t looked back.
Her first shop was located in her back yard and she soon opened a small shop in Round Rock. Today she works out of a 2,400 square foot shop in Leander and has helped thousands of Central Texas girls look and feel beautiful for their special night.
For the fifth year, Keri is donating dresses and accessories to CBCC teen patients and their dates for Hungry Bunch Prom. She closes down the shop and sets up a special shopping day—complete with red carpet—for teens and their families.
“It’s pretty awesome,” says Keri. “There are a lot of tears. The entire family gets involved in picking out dresses. We pamper the moms with chair massages and mini facials.”
Doing this work, Keri says, makes her feel very rich and very blessed. She remembers getting chills the first time she attended Hungry Bunch prom.
“The teens go through so much all year with their illnesses,” she says. “They have this one event to feel like normal teenagers. They let loose and at the end of the night, they don’t want to leave.”
Several years ago after helping local teens, word spread that Keri never attended her own prom. She received an official invitation to attend the Cedar Park High School prom, which she attended with her husband. She said the evening couldn’t have been more perfect.
“I finally went to my first prom at age 36. My husband and I were picked up in a limousine and taken to dinner and prom. It was so special! I absolutely love what I do, and I can’t imagine not being the Fairy Godmother!”
To learn more about Keri’s Fairy Godmother Foundation, visit austinfairygodmother.org.