Susan’s closet seeks dress donations

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Every girl should feel like they are queen of the prom, right?

That’s what one local organization is trying to do, but doing so in a way that will raise money for a good cause. The local Zeta Tau Alpha (ZTA) Alumnae group is seeking donations of gently used formal dresses, handbags and formal shoes for Susan’s Closet, a resale event benefitting Susan G. Komen Northwest Louisiana.

Dresses of all shapes, sizes, color and design will be for sale at Susan’s Closet on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at University Church of Christ, located at 2045 E. 70th Street in Shreveport. The event provides an affordable option for local girls to purchase dresses for any formal occasion, such as prom, homecoming, military ball or Mardi Gras ball.

This is the sixth year of Susan’s Closet, but the first for the alumnae group to organize and host. Courtney Turner, event coordinator and ZTA member, said Susan’s Closet is what the group stands for in its mission to support breast cancer awareness and education.

“Zeta Tau Alpha’s national philanthropy is breast cancer education and awareness,” Turner said. “We want every girl to feel like they can be a princess for one night. This is an opportunity for us to help them feel special while supporting a good cause.”

Dresses are sold for $25 each with a limit of three dresses per person. All proceeds from the resale go toward funding local breast cancer education, awareness and research efforts through Susan G. Komen Northwest Louisiana.

Susan’s Closet has grown significantly over the years. Lindsay Dean, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen Northwest Louisiana, said this event alone raises between $4,000 and $6,000 a year.

Dean urged the community to clean out their closets and donate what they can to help the cause.

“Very rarely can you go anywhere and find a dress for $25. This gives everyone a chance to be equal and beautiful,” Dean said. “[Race for the Cure] was down a little last year so we’re looking to our third party partners to step up a little and help bring in funds.”

Donations are greatly needed for this event. Susan’s Closet accepts gently used dresses of any size, shape, color, length and style. They are also asking for gently used accessories and shoes.

Turner said the event can not be successful without community support.

“We want this event to be a success, but it won’t happen without dresses,” she said. “This has been such a strong event that keeps growing every year. We would like the same result this year and for years to come.”

Donations are tax deductible and can be dropped off at any Porter’s Cleaners in the Ark-La-Tex or at the Susan G. Komen office in Shreveport, located at 2015 Fairfield Ave. Suite 2C. Donations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 23.

For more information on Susan’s Closet, visit www.komennwla.org