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Organization provides prom dresses for those in need

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BAY CITY, MI (WNEM) -

Prom season is right around the corner and students across the state are making plans for the big dance.

However, the dance can come with a hefty price tag.

An organization is making sure more girls can go to the dance by providing used dresses.

Becca’s Closet is a national organization that was formed after a 16-year-old girl named Rebecca Kirtman was killed in a car accident in 2003. Before she passed away she had organized a prom dress drive to help out less fortunate girls at her Florida school.

Bay City Central teachers Meagan Panzner and Joan Bukowski have been coordinating the chapter there for two years.

“It’s rewarding to work with the girls and also work with each other. We have a lot of fun doing it,” Panzner said.

The two teachers spend their own money on occasion buying evening wear, shoes and accessories for the shop. The shop has been around for a few years, but last year it moved to Central High School.

Students at any and all high schools in Bay City are invited to use Becca’s Closet.

There are more than 1,000 dresses in the room, but they are always looking for more donations.

Organizers ask only one thing of those who borrow the dresses.

“We ask the students if they can afford to have them dry cleaned and if they can, that’s great. If they can’t, that’s OK too,” Bukowski said.

Panzner’s daughter Allyson is a junior at Central. She works in the shop.

“It’s a really rewarding, good experience to have and it’s super fun to come here and help girls find dresses,” Allyson said.

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