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.