For many high school students, there is nothing magical than a party.
For many girls, this is all about clothing.
On Sunday morning, local teenagers can be excited to see formal dresses, accompanied by eager mothers, and many of their memories of the high school era.
Becca’s Closet was in the city and had a big shopping event at Stroudsburg High School. 900 clothes are hung on hangers, categorized by color, creating glittering sequins, rhinestones and gauze rainbows. Each table is piled with shoes and sparkling accessories. In the light of Sunday morning, several boxes of Indian bracelets glittered. The phrase “children in a candy store” is an understatement.
All items are donated, price: free.
All this one night
According to the Yale-style American Across America survey, teenagers spend nearly $700 on last year’s dance in the northeastern region including Pennsylvania.
Of the 1,700 respondents surveyed, pr were determined to have higher overall prices in the Northeast than in other countries.
What happens when you can’t afford a heavy price, but still hope to experience this event in all glorious glory?
This is where Becca’s Closet comes in.
According to their website, Becca’s Closet is a national non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every girl has a perfect ball gown, regardless of their financial status. The original Becca had a dance gift in his hometown of David, Florida, but unfortunately died at the age of 16 due to a motor vehicle accident. A few months ago, Becca Kirtman separately collected and donated 250 official dresses to South Florida girls.
Today, the same in her memory, the group held long gown dress and shopping events in thirty states.
Becca’s Closet also awards scholarships to high school seniors who have shown to serve the community.
Pennsylvania has four active chapters, one of which is in Monroe County. This year, Taryn Silvernale, a sophomore at Stroudsburg High School, managed the torch relay of Stroudsburg graduate Katie Troutman last year. Silvernale has participated as a volunteer for three years.
As the chief coordinator, Silvernale’s biggest challenge is to collect the necessary donations and promote it. But after years of experience, running this activity is simple. Silvinale not only has the same function as the oil machine, but also has the ambiguity of modeling. You can see that Silvinal offers expert advice to girls in the store and pulls down on the hat.
Silvernal and other local volunteers spent an entire year preparing to collect donated dresses and accessories, all of which culminated in a large weekend shopping event. Most of the dresses are donated locally, but many are brand new brands from companies such as PromGirl.com and Simply Dresses. Silvernale said that the new ones are the first to go because they are more modern. Some dresses are worth hundreds of dollars.
Hunting perfect dress
There are about 900 ball gowns to choose from. Each size and color is imaginable. There are many options for participants. Any girl who attends a ball or participates in a military ball dance in any year, as long as he has an ID, he can bring home his clothes, accessories and shoes.
After the event, all the remaining dresses will be put on until next year. This year, some clothing will be allocated to the regional school theater department and Shawnee Playhouse. Local chapters of Becca’s Closet accept donations throughout the year and will actively look for them at the end of the dance.
When her party time arrives, Silvernale is likely to wear a Becca dress.
“I might wear one of these dresses… I like some very unique clothes.”
So much to plan the whole dance costume, it can be very personal. For girls shopping at Becca’s Closet, the trend isn’t always noticeable; the last thing more is to express yourself.
“The good thing about this is that when you go to a boutique, they are all the same. There are many different types of dresses (here), and many girls like it. They are unique.”
“Some of these gowns are older and you can’t find them elsewhere. They are simple and they are different.”
In particular, a dress caught her attention: an antique yellow piece of the 1960s appeared to her in perfect condition – the train and cloak were completed.
“The woman who donated this dress likes it,” she said when she put it on the matching shawl. “She only wore it once and kept it this time.”