Thursday, April 8, 2004
More Bang for Your Buck: Becca's Closet Prom Dresses
When you're in high school, prom is one of the most anticipated events of the year but for many students, shopping for the prefect dress can be an expensive experience. In tonight's More Bang More Your Buck, we're going to show you how a South Florida family is donating dresses to make sure every girl has a night to remember.
(WSVN) -- Cinderalla says, "What will I wear?"
When Cinderella had nothing to wear to the ball, a few helping hands created a princess.
This is a fairy tale come true for many South Florida young women.
Finding the dress of their dreams.
And its all because of 16-year-old honor student Rebecca Kirtman.
Jay Kirtman, Becca's father, says, "Rebecca made some posters, put them around school and kids started donating dresses after their prom."
What she started was a little dress bank at nova high school that's now become a non-profit organization known as Becca's Closet.
Pam Kirtman, Becca's mother, says, "Any girl who needs a dress can have a dress."
Chelsea Koff, Becca's friend, says, "I don't think she even thought her little dress bank would go this far."
Sadly, last August, before her junior year, Rebecca was killed in a car accident.
But despite their pain, her family and friends are pushing forward, sorting sequence and satin and preserving her spirit.
Jenna Goldstien, Becca's friend, says,"She would have done it for me, so I try everything to keep it alive for her."
Pam says, "She said that a little bit makes a big difference, and we're making a big difference because of Rebecca."
Inside Becca's closet, you'll find a collection of gowns fit for a goddess.
The volunteers have collected thousands of designer labels for all shapes and sizes, some even brand new.
Jay says, "It's amazing. You can find dresses up to a size 42, beautiful dresses. Not anything that someone wouldn't feel good in."
You can also feel very good about the price.
Shopping here is free with a student id.
Jay says, "Every dress we have has been donated, and the girls do not pay for the dresses, it's theirs to keep."
Hopefully each dress will let each girl feel like a princess, but in the hearts of those who loved her, Becca will always have the last dance.
Worth says, "I think Becca's closet is what has brought us together."
Sirea says, "It really makes you feel like you're on the top of the world. Like you're making someone's day."
Becca's Closet will have its grand opening tomorrow at noon at the Festival Fleamarket in Pompano Beach.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
151 North Nob Hill Road
2900 West Sample Rd.
Pompano Beach, FL
1st Annual Becca's Closet Golf Tournament
Palm Aire Country Club
Friday, April 23rd
Call: 954 424-9999