Becca’s Closet moves, hosts fashion show March 5 at CherryVale

From press release

Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries invites the public to a community fashion show featuring dresses and accessories that have been donated to Becca’s Closet. Area high school girls will serve as fashion show models.

The fashion show, “Becca’s Closet Walks the Runway,” will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 5, in the Centre Court at CherryVale Mall. Formalwear donated by several mall stores will be included in the show. The event is free, and will highlight the mission and purpose of Becca’s Closet, while raising awareness of this community resource and its change of location and management.

Housed at 1502 Parkview Ave. for the past six years, the Closet has been relocated to Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 1829 N. Rockton Ave., situated directly across from West Middle School. In conjunction with the move, a leadership transition has also taken place. Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries, a partnership organization of area ELCA congregations, has recently accepted responsibility for oversight and continued operations of the chapter.

Becca’s Closet will reopen at its new location Saturday, March 12, just in time for the spring prom season.

The first Becca’s Closet was the brainchild of Rebecca Kitman, a 16-year-old Florida high school sophomore.

Becca recognized there were many girls in her community who were unable to attend their high school proms and homecomings because they could not afford to purchase formalwear for the dances. She launched a dress drive to provide prom dresses and accessories free of charge so no girl would have to miss these special events.

Becca was tragically killed in an automobile accident shortly after starting her “closet.” Her friends and family continued the mission by forming a national “Becca’s Closet” program, with 90 chapters to date. Rockford is the only city in the state of Illinois with an active Becca’s Closet chapter.

The Rockford chapter serves as a boutique that collects and distributes formalwear to hundreds of young women from Rockford and the surrounding communities. More than 500 dresses are given away annually in Rockford.

For more information about Becca’s Closet, “Becca’s Closet Walks the Runway” fashion show, or to donate dresses and accessories to Becca’s Closet, contact Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries at (815) 962-4279 or

From the Feb. 23-March 1, 2011, issue

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