Becca’s Closet-Young Woman’s Legacy Provides Prom Dresses for Girls in Need

Beccas Closet SignThough my blog usually focuses on vintage fashion topics, today I wanted to veer away from the subject a bit to tell you about a charity that provides free gowns to high school girls who are not able to attend prom because their family financial circumstances make it impossible to afford a dress.

This past Saturday I drove down to the Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach, Florida and dropped off about 40 brand new gowns at Becca’s Closet. This is my second year donating dresses to them. And I wanted to spread the word about this  organization and the wonderful people behind it.

Pam and Jay Kirtman

Pam and Jay Kirtman

The idea for Becca’s Closet arose from a horrible tragedy. Founders Pam and Jay Kirtman lost their 16 year old daughter, Rebecca, in a car accident in 2003. In her freshman year Rebecca had started a prom dress drive because she felt strongly that no one should miss such an important event because they couldn’t afford a dress.  In the spring of her sophomore year she collected and donated over 250 dresses.  In memory of their daughter, and her kindness and generosity, the Kirtman’s wanted to continue with her vision.  So they started a charity in her name, Becca’s Closet.  Years later it has expanded, with chapters opening around the country.


Becca's Closet at the Festival Flea Market Mall

Becca’s Closet at the Festival Flea Market Mall


One of the things I love about bringing gowns there, aside from knowing I’m helping someone in need, is I also get to see girls choosing their dresses.  It’s fun to watch their excitement, knowing they’re going to get to go to prom.  Often with charitable donations you drop things off or send money and you never see or meet the people you’ve contributed to helping. When I donate to Becca’s Closet, it’s a more personal experience. It is truly heartwarming to see how appreciative the girls are.

So if you or someone in your family has formal gowns or dresses that are just hanging in your closet,  then consider donating to Becca’s Closet. They have chapters all over the United States and you can certainly mail them dresses, if you can’t drive to a local chapter. It’s a great way to help someone less fortunate get to enjoy their prom.



By | 2016-05-27T10:21:08-04:00 May 27th, 2016|Fashion, Memorable people|4 Comments

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Hi, I'm Theresa, owner and chief classy dame at the Blue Velvet Vintage online boutique. Lover of mid century fashion and home decor, classic films, Old Hollywood, pretty dresses, red lipstick, swing dancing and retro culture in general. Between my ecommere site and vintage style blog my mission is to revive the eras of classy dressing and inspire women to add more glamour to their lives! So don't be shy! I love to hear from others who share my appreciation of the styles of the past.


  1. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell June 1, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Yes it is. The Kirtman’s are a great example of the good that can come out of something so bad.

  2. Suzanne May 31, 2016 at 10:57 am

    It is wonderful when someone can take a tragedy and turn it around to help others.


  3. Theresa Campbell
    Theresa Campbell May 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Yes, Jessica. They are truly special people to have been able to turn such a tragedy into something positive to help others. I’m sure their daughter is looking down from heaven with love and pride for her parents good deeds.

  4. Jessica Cangiano May 27, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    How commendable of you to donate to this immensely worthwhile charity, Theresa. The Kirtman’s story is a heartbreaking one for sue, but it’s beautiful that they were able to continue on with the caring work that their young daughter started.

    Many hugs & happy Labour Day long weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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