My Girlfriend's Closet giving free prom outfits to Valley teens

PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) - My Girlfriend's Closet, a non-profit organization, has collected hundreds of prom dresses and suits to help make prom affordable for Valley teens.

There are about 1,500 dresses up for grabs and girls from across the Valley went to Peoria at New Life Community Church to try to find their perfect prom dress.

“Me and my boyfriend wanted to do red,” Serenna Peterson, 17, said as she was looking for a dress.

The high school senior drove from Ahwatukee to find a dress at My Girlfriend's Closet.

She was pleasantly surprised by the selection, and when she tried the dresses, she found she hit the jackpot.

She said she arrived an hour before the doors opened to make sure she got a good one.

"I got here around 3 p.m. I wanted to get here early because you know there'd probably be a line when I got here, and I got signed in and they were really nice," she said. " I was number five, so thank God."

But with so many dresses, the girls waiting behind her are bound to find something.

Boys can find a free suit, tie and shoes, too.

"It's my senior prom," said Megan Fowler, who was trying on dresses. "I'm trying to make it special."

Fowler found her perfect dress.

"I like that it's not as long because I'm short and that it has jewelry on it," she said, explaining why it's a big help to get a dress here.

"I don't have that much money," she said. "I don't live in a fancy house. I live in an apartment. It helps a lot because that way they can pay bills and not [spend money] on a dress.”

The girls said they know how much prom dresses can cost.

“I went, and one was $230, and I was like 'Oh no,'" Peterson said. "I probably wouldn't get one maybe, or I would have to use mine from last year, but this [My Girlfriend's Closet] is really helpful."

If your high school junior or senior still needs an outfit for prom, you can head to My Girlfriends Closet Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and again April 3, 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and April 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

My Girlfriend's Closet is located at 8155 W. Thunderbird Road, Peoria.

You can donate suits, shoes, ties, dresses and purses at several locations. Check out for more information.