River Edge sisterhood joins Catherine’s Closet to make prom dreams come true
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River Edge sisterhood joins Catherine’s Closet to make prom dreams come true

From left, TAS sisterhood president Liz Dunkelman, sisterhood trustee Margie Gelbwasser, Catherine’s Closet shul donation coordinator Nilene Chase, sisterhood treasurer Sari Erdos, sisterhood immediate past presidents Cheryl Jaffe and Barbara Starr, and sisterhood member Jacki Raider. (Courtesy TAS)
From left, TAS sisterhood president Liz Dunkelman, sisterhood trustee Margie Gelbwasser, Catherine’s Closet shul donation coordinator Nilene Chase, sisterhood treasurer Sari Erdos, sisterhood immediate past presidents Cheryl Jaffe and Barbara Starr, and sisterhood member Jacki Raider. (Courtesy TAS)

 

Catherine’s Closet, a nonprofit that collects and distributes prom gowns to teens and women who need a gown or semi-formal attire, recently partnered with the sisterhood of Temple Avodat Shalom in River Edge to host a gown collection. Congregants generously donated to the drive.

Catherine’s Closet was founded by Sandra Kessler in memory of Catherine Johnson, a senior at Clifford J. Scott High School in East Orange, who was killed in 2002 by a 14-year-old in a stolen vehicle.

Since then, Catherine’s Closet has distributed 16,000 donated prom gowns in the New York/New Jersey area. The organization has also given more than $40,000 in scholarships.

Gowns cost $10, purses and shoes are $5, and jewelry is $3.

Teenagers who need prom gowns and accessories can shop on April 13 and May 11 at 550 Broad St., fourth floor, in Newark. For more information, call (973) 616-2060 or go to catherinescloset.org.

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