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WANTED: Formal Dresses to Outfit USMC Wives for 2013 Commandant's Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Wife of a Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms tries on a free ball gown at Desert Best Friend's Closet, October 2012. Photo submitted to Patch by DBFC.
Wife of a Marine stationed at Twentynine Palms tries on a free ball gown at Desert Best Friend's Closet, October 2012. Photo submitted to Patch by DBFC.
Desert Best Friend's Closet is collecting formal dresses to outfit wives of Marines for the 2013 Commandant's Marine Corps Birthday Ball at various locations, including Palm Springs, in November.

"DBFC wants to honor the wives of servicemen by providing them with ball gowns for this annual event and seeks donations to support this endeavor," co-founder Connie Golds said Wednesday. "This year the ball commemorates the 238th birthday of the Marine Corps."

Donations of formal dresses can be dropped off at locations throughout the Coachella Valley by Oct. 10:

- The Wardrobe in Palm Springs

- Drapers and Damons in Rancho Mirage and in Palm Desert

- Trio in Palm Desert and

- Divas of the Desert in La Quinta

All dresses must be contemporary, dry cleaned and on hangers, Golds said. Items cannot have tears, stains, broken zippers or missing buttons as there are no funds for repairs.

Volunteers are needed to act as 'personal shoppers' for the Marine wives. To volunteer call (760) 776-9975, or email moreinfo@bfcloset.org to request a volunteer application.

Here's more from Golds' announcement:

Desert Best Friend's Closet provides a diverse array of clothing to economically disadvantaged and underserved men, women, and at-risk youth of the Coachella Valley.

Desert Best Friend's Closet assists desert residents obtain economic independence and self-sufficiency. We achieve this by offering new, or gently used, clothing for work, prom, or other special events.

Desert Best Friend's Closet relies on the financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteer efforts of individuals and companies who are committed to helping our clients take charge of their lives and become productive members of the community.

The agency has served 1,742 men, women and youths since 2010 in their store at 75-048 Gerald Ford Drive, Suite 102 in Palm Desert, Golds said.

Hours are by appointment only. For more info visit www.bfcloset.org.

Cynthia Green September 23, 2013 at 09:06 PM
My community has joined together to help this endeavor with 11 formal gowns and 10 Date night dresses to assist with the program. The community that went out of their was has only 125 year around residents. I want to Thank them for helping collect the gowns and funds for the dry cleaning costs. THANK YOU DESERT CENTER


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