The Pearland Silverlake Lions Club is excited about the Pearland high school proms. They want to help girls who might not be able to afford prom attire so they opened their 1st Annual Prom Closet and the idea caught on.
“Prom is a special occasion for so many young ladies and the Pearland Silverlake Lions are making sure that they shine on their special day,” Lions member Kim Koza said.
The civic organization wanted to have a local service project that would serve not one but all three high schools in Pearland.
As students on free and reduced lunches percentages continue to grow, the Silverlake Lions members were concerned that some girls might not have the funds for evening wear and wanted to help.
People in the community started donating evening wear and accessories such as evening purses, jewelry, and shoes.
“We were so excited when Turner College and Career High School offered us a locker room for the 2017 Prom Closet,” Koza said. “It is the perfect location. We have four or five Lions ladies who work at the Closet each time it is open and they help girls find the perfect dress and accessories.”
The Lions members wanted to make the Prom Closet look like a boutique. There are six fitting rooms, a platform to model an outfit in the mirrors and colorful racks and tables for the merchandise.
Currently, the Closet has more than 200 dresses in sizes from 2 to 20. Community members are continuing to drop off additional evening attire at Turner or at local drop off spot, Gary Greene Realty at Walnut and FM 518.
“The dresses are both long and short and all are gorgeous. They can be worn to everything from a prom to a school banquet, whatever the need is,” Koza said. “We started in February but it was a bit slow. Now with Spring Break and spring weather, we are seeing quite a few girls each time we are open.”
The Pearland high schools have late spring proms. Dawson High School prom is April 22, Turner’s prom is May 6 and Pearland High School’s prom is May 20.
The dress and accessories at The Prom Closet are free and can be kept by the girl who chooses it. To shop at The Prom Closet, high school girls should contact the Counselors Office at their high school or contact Prom Closet organizer Kim Koza directly at 281-507-4772 or [email protected]
Turner High School is located at 4717 Bailey Road in Pearland. Prom Closet is in Locker Room #1568.
The Prom Closet is open on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Saturdays through May 6 hours are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. On Tuesdays, hours are 4 to 7:30 p.m. through May 9.
“I have worked the Closet. It is very uplifting to see these girls get excited to find the dress, shoes and accessories to make their Prom or banquet a special night,” Lions member Jackie Lorino said.
Story by Karolyn Gephart