Drive on to collect prom dresses
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014

Drive on to collect prom dresses

  • Want to donate?

    Organizers say they already have 600 dresses but they hope to collect more in the next few weeks. If you have formal dresses, shoes, purses or other accessories you would like to donate, you may drop them off during normal business hours at a number of locations throughout the area including Rocky River High School in Mint Hill, Ballantyne Commons Storage or Rocky River Self-Storage and Offices in Charlotte, SouthBrook Church in Weddington, Law Offices of Michelle Vereckey in Monroe, and Second Baptist Church or Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lancaster, S.C.

    For more information visit or call Prom Closet Organizer Tara Gibson, 704-441-5389.

  • Want to go?

    If you are a high school junior or senior girl, you are invited to attend. Preregistration is required. Visit for more information and to sign up.

Have an old prom dress or fancy shoes or accessories you no longer need?

Give those items a second chance to shine by donating them to the Prom Closet.

A program of the nonprofit Closet Ministry, the Prom Closet is preparing to dress up high school junior and senior girls for their spring proms – for free.

This is the fifth year the group has gathered dresses, shoes, purses and other accessories, and supplied them free of charge to girls who probably couldn’t afford them.

Last year the Prom Closet was held in a smaller location, so organizers were only able to serve 80 girls. This year the event has been moved to Southbrook Church in Weddington, so many more can attend.

On March 15, the doors will open at noon and the event will begin at 12:30 p.m.

After refreshments, prayer, music and a short program by keynote speaker Naomi Herndon, executive director of Turning Point in Monroe, girls can shop for their perfect dresses and matching accessories.

Hair and makeup professionals will be offering quick makeovers, and a professional photographer will be available to take each girl’s picture if desired. A copy will be mailed to them after the event.

Registration is required, and girls younger than 18 must be accompanied by a female adult.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Melinda? Email her at

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