My Girlfriend’s Closet brings a bit of happiness to young girls
May 14, 2011 | 1730 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
oroptimist members Tristen Martinez and Brenda DeLaRosa pose in front of Bee Cleaners with Ernest Flores, Bee Cleaners owner, Tammy Alaniz and Monica Elliott.
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Soroptimist Interna-tional is a worldwide volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

For the second year in a row, an event known as “My Girlfriend’s Closet” has been hosted in Beeville by the Soroptimist Club. The event allows girls who may not have the means to obtain formal wear to attend events such as prom, 8th grade dance, military ball, etc., to get a dress at no cost. Donations of gently used formal dresses, shoes and accessories were requested and received from people in the community.

The first fitting was hosted at First National Bank on March 9, and a second fitting was held at the A.C. Jones High School auditorium on May 5. Young women of all ages from the surrounding area were invited to view and try on the dresses. Ernest Flores, owner of Bee Cleaners, also agreed to offer free cleaning and the pressing of any dress that was chosen by any of the young women. The girls were each presented with a coupon to receive these services.

Donations of dresses, shoes and accessories will continue to be collected throughout the year, as the Soroptimist Club hopes to host the event again next spring. Donations can be taken to IBC Bank Main Branch location, 802 E. Houston St.
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