Easing Prom Season Worries
The Prom Closet offers free formal wear for proms, eighth-grade formals and military balls.
Proms and formal occasions are expensive traditions, but The Prom Closet can help ease any of the financial stress associated with these events.
On Thursday, March 21 local girls and women are invited to drop by the South Brunswick High School choir room between 4 and 8 pm to look at a selection of free formal dresses for occasions such as proms and military balls. The Prom Closet is open to all girls in Brunswick County who are in need of a military ball, prom or eighth grade formal dress. Everything is free.
The Prom Closet is an all-volunteer organization that aims to have all girls in a dress that allows them to dance the night away in confidence. The dresses and accessories are donated by members of the community. Gaye Fulford started the organization, and Mary Johnson, a math teacher at South Brunswick High School, took it over and began bringing the dresses to the school in 2014. In 2017 Leonor Thomas, the choral director at the high school, took over.
The Prom Closet has hundreds of items to choose from, and nearly 30 girls take advantage of the opportunity each year. Although many dresses are donated from the community, some girls will re-donate the dresses after they wear them.
“We have dresses of many sizes including long and short,” Thomas says. “We also have purses, jewelry and a large assortment of shoes. The girls are only allowed to take one of each.”
If you are interested in donating items to The Prom Closest, it is appreciated if the items are in good condition and free from stains and rips. Also, donated dresses should be appropriate for high school and middle-school age girls. Volunteer seamstresses from the community will do alterations on the spot for free.
The Prom Closet is not just for girls, however. Tuxedos and other formal wear items for boys are accepted. “We are also taking tuxedo donations for our young men,” Thomas says. “We don’t have much now, but perhaps we can get more in the future.”
Other items are also needed to make this event successful. “We are in desperate need of more heavy-duty dress racks,” Thomas says. “It would be wonderful if someone could donate or purchase one for us. We simply don’t have enough racks to display all the dresses properly.”
This is a heartwarming event that helps make a special night for everyone.
“I love seeing the girls try on dresses and finding that perfect one,” Thomas says. “So many of these young ladies cannot afford to purchase dresses on their own, so this makes it all the more meaningful.”
The Prom Closet
Thursday, March 21, 4 to 8 pm
South Brunswick High School Choir Room (entrance is at the side near the cafeteria doors; signs will be posted)
Donations of dresses, gowns, shoes, accessories, tuxedos and clothing racks and display items can be dropped off at South Brunswick High School during school hours, 7:35 am to 2:40 pm, up until event time.