Get your Prom Dress!for only $5.00
Have a dress to give?
Need a dress for Prom?
In loving memory of Melissa Michalowski & Crystal Carr
About Us: In 2008 Whitmore Ace Hardware was fortunate to have employed a bright and shining start named Melissa Michalowski. Melissa came to work every day happy to be there. It was hard to miss her smile and happy attitude within the store Sadly in December of that year Melissa was killed in a car accident along with her friend Crystal Carr. This was a such a huge loss to all. Our staff at Whitmore Ace Hardware, felt strongly we wanted to do something in Melissa’s memory. We employ quite a few students who were talking about the expense of their prom. They were asking to work more hours to be able to afford it. A lot of the students could not afford dresses or tux’s or limos, a lot of thing other students may take for granted.
Whitmore Ace Hardware has four locations in four separate communities, so what a great opportunity to collect gently worn prom dresses. We said “yes to the dress” in an unlikely place like a hardware store, and the dresses came in. We created Melissa’s Closet and Crystals Jewelry Box. Reed Custer School and Mrs. Melinda Hogan gave us a room to sell these prom dresses for $5.00 each one day after school. The first year we were so excited to have 120 dresses and we are now into our sixth year and have dressed over 1250 girls for prom. Godley Park District was kind enough to give us a home for such a large event. In 2015 we had over 1200 dresses. Paul Mitchell School brings their students out to set up a beauty salon and will do updo’s and make up for free.
Last year we had over 100 volunteers. We have been lucky enough to have new dresses donated by local prom stores along with jewelry shoes and purses. 2015 was our first year of the Melissa’s Closet and Crystals Jewelry Box Scholarship of $1000.00. Our goal is to increase that scholarship every year. At 9 am on the Saturday of the sale there are always lots of beautiful young students waiting for the doors to open.
Saturday, March 2nd from 9am-1pm
at Godley Park District
500 S. Kankakee Street, Godley IL
• Long and short formal gowns from 2014-new
• Accessories: Fancy jewelry, Purses, Shoes
ALL Students Welcome! FREE Hair & Makeup!
Godley Park District
Our 2018 Scholarship Recipients were Haley Hamilton and Madelyn Alton
** Applications will be available the day of the sale.
** Visit us at this year’s Melissa’s Closet & Crystal’s Jewelry Box sale and fill out an application. You might be the next $1000.00 Scholarship Recipient!
Want to apply? Get the date and location!
We are Collecting Prom Dresses!
Stop by the participating locations below to make your donation
• Long and short formal gowns from 2015-new
• Accessories: Fancy jewelry, Purses, Shoes
• Dresses must be clean, on hangers, and in excellent condition
Whitmore Ace Hardware (Braidwood): 237 N. Front St., Braidwood, IL – (815) 458-9850
Whitmore Ace Hardware (Wilmington): 1105 S. Water St., Wilmington, IL – (815) 476-7761
Whitmore Ace Hardware (Manteno): 361 S. Locust St., Manteno, IL – (815) 468-3137
Whitmore Ace Hardware (Manhattan): 210 State St., Manhattan, IL – (815) 478-3317
Quality Auto Body: 97 N. 1st Ave., Coal City, IL – (815) 634-8511
Fossil Ridge Public Library: 386 W. Kennedy Rd., Braidwood, IL – (815) 458-2187
Free Press Newspaper (Wilmington): 111 S. Water St., Wilmington, IL – (815) 476-7966
Free Press Newspaper (Coal City): 271 S. Broadway St., Coal City, IL – (815) 634-0315
Our Caring Closet: 205 N. First St., Wilmington, IL – (Check Available Hours)
Gene Mundt American Portfolio Manager: 318 Alana Dr., New Lenox, IL
Coal City Public Library: 85 N. Garfield St., Coal City, IL
Whitmore Ace Hardware (Mokena): 11600 Francis Road, Mokena IL- (708)955-1999
Whitmore Ace Hardware (New Lenox): 358 W. Maple St., New Lenox IL- (815)485-3040
Water Street Boutique (Mokena): 11600 Francis Road, Mokena IL- (708) 995-1998
Godley Park District (Godley): 500 S Kankakee St, Godley IL
All Participating Churches
Quality Auto Body
Free Press Wilmington
Free Press Coal City
Our Caring Closet
Naked Sun Diamond
Coal City Library
Whitemore Mokena:11600 Francis Rd, Mokena, IL 60448, USA
Water Street Boutique Wilmington
Water Street Boutique:1105 S Water St, Wilmington, IL 60481, USA
Water Street Boutique Mokena
Water Street Boutique: 11600 Francis Road, Mokena,IL (708) 955-1998