After its first three days of the 2023 Prom Closet, the Peoria North Rotary Club has already served over 200 students from 69 schools throughout Arizona, including nearly 30 students for a school for the deaf.
Young boys and girls throughout the state will be able to attend their high school prom this spring without having to spend a single penny on purchasing needed attire thanks to the efforts of Arizona Rotarians.
This year’s Prom Closet continues for its final weekend, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 1-2.
The event takes place at the Glendale System of Care Center, 7677 W. Bethany Home Road, in Glendale.
Several local TV stations have visited the Prom Closet and filmed segments for broadcast. View two segments featured on Channel 10 HERE.
All high school teens are invited. There are no financial requirements and no application to be completed. All items are available at absolutely no cost.
The Prom Closet has thousands of formal prom dresses to choose from, as well as shoes and accessories. In addition to women’s clothing and accessories, items available to men include shirts, slacks and ties.
The program was initially created 12 years ago by Mary Ann Baker, a founding member and past president of the Peoria North Rotary Club. The Peoria club assumed total oversight of The Prom Closet six years ago and is supported by volunteer Rotarians from Sun City, Glendale, Surprise and Phoenix.
“It’s really grown into a community-wide project,” said Donnis Deever, a member of Peoria North Rotary Club and chair of this year’s project.
“Not only do we have Rotarians from throughout the Valley, but we have many other residents who have joined on as volunteers – many of whom felt the impact of the program when their sons or daughters visited The Prom Closet in the past.”