It's All About the Dress

by Michaela Pereira '12

A date, a corsage, and what else? Prom isn't complete without the dress. Prom is one of the many highlights of high school for some girls, but having to worry about buying an affordable dress can be a burden. My Sister’s Closet strives to relieve that stress. This local program helps high school girls experience prom by offering them dresses and accessories free of charge.

On Saturday, March 5, Sister’s Closet will host their fourth annual event to help local high school girls find that perfect dress at Azusa Pacific University in the Los Angeles Pacific Board Room (LAPC). The girls will be able to try on dresses and complete their look with shoes and accessories with the help of APU student volunteers.

Silvana Corazos, a SEARCH and Guidance Program Coordinator for the Azusa United School District (AUSD) who started the program said, “We began with a small group of girls and now have girls calling from all over the San Gabriel Valley. The dresses have been coming into our office since November and I am happy to say that we have more than 500 dresses to give away.”

Since it's first year with 12 participants, word has continued to spread and the program grew to serve 50 girls in its second year, and about 100 last year. Local sponsors have helped make it a success, including the Azusa Unified School District, the Azusa/Glendora Soroptimists, The Canyon City Foundation, and The Assistance League of Covina Valley. Their support has enabled Sister’s Closet to have clothing racks, cabinets, and materials to cover the event.

“It's the small things that create the memories that tie us together and form a caring community. I know this event would not be possible if our community did not care about making wishes come true,” said Corazos.

Shanelle Jurado ’11, a social work major, said, “[The girls] get to experience a college campus, many for the first time. They are able to have fun and pick out dresses and not be stressed out for funds. It also allows APU students to connect with people in the community.”

Donations will be accepted until February 25 and can be dropped off at the Department of Social Work, located on the top floor of the Wynn Academic Center on East Campus.

Please bring your donations to the office between 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call the Azusa Unified School District Family Resource Center at (626)-732-8032.