Whitney Drake remembers what it was like to be in high school dreaming of attending prom in the dress of her dreams.
“It wasn’t like my parents were like, ‘You can’t have a prom dress.’ It was just me realizing that you are only going to wear it one time and it is really expensive,” said Drake.
To save money she decided to wear the same dress to dance after dance. It is a memory that helped inspire Hope Closet.
Hope Closet is a non-profit organization working to “provide young women the opportunity to attend special high school events with a dress of their choice regardless of financial constraints or limitations.”
It is hosting a Prom Boutique at the Royal Oak First United Methodist Church from April 22 through April 29. The hours are by appointment only. During this time the goal is to help about 500 girls.
The dresses are donated. A partnership with Comerica Bank helped collect hundreds of them this year. If you have a dress you would be willing to donate, donations are being accepted throughout the course of the event.
You can call 248.347.1309 to make an appointment to pick out a dress and learn more.