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Comerica Bank Donates Record Number of Prom Dresses to Hope Closet

Do you remember your prom? I remember going to prom with a friend and the entire experience was so exciting, from shopping for my formal dress to attending the special dance. The prom I went to was held at the Opryland Hotel, now called Gaylord, in Nashville, Tennessee. It was so magical!

Well, in Southeast Michigan there are going to be some very happy teens this prom season. Hope Closet, the Detroit-based nonprofit organization, recently received more than 2,000 dresses from Comerica Bank to help students who need a formal dress!

Hope Closet prom dress donations from Comerica Bank
Just a few of the many dresses Comerica Bank donated to Hope Closet


Hope Closet provides young women with the opportunity to attend special events with a dress of their choice regardless of financial constraints or limitations. According to the organization’s website, the nonprofit held its first boutique in 2003. Ever since then, the nonprofit has hosted a prom boutique for students.

Here are a few more fun facts about Hope Closet:

  • The nonprofit is completely staffed and funded by volunteers.
  • Over 250 volunteers serve during the week of the dress boutique, working approximately 12,000 volunteer hours!
  • In one week, over 700 appointments are available.
  • The boutique also delivers 100-3300 dresses to local alternative schools, shelters, and youth services.
  • Hope Closet also donates formal wear to the Cass Social Services Miss Cass pageant.

These are just a few wonderful facts I read about on Hope Closet’s site. You can read more about the wonderful things Hope Closet does here if you like.

Hope Closet prom dress donations.


From April 8th through the 26th, Comerica Bank sponsored a special prom dress drive to collect prom dresses for students from 13 locations. The drive also added two additional locations in Ann Arbor and Novi for the first time this year. It helped widen their reach to 11 metro Detroit communities!

But that’s not all! Comerica Bank also surprised Hope Closet’s founder Whitney Drake with a check for $5,000 to help with operating costs! Isn’t that wonderful?

On appreciating Comerica Bank’s generous support, Ms. Drake said:
“Hope Closet would not be successful without the outstanding support of Comerica Bank. Through dress donations, funding and employee volunteers, Comerica has been a true partner in making southeast Michigan prom dreams come true.”

Monica L. Martinez, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Comerica Bank and Whitney Drake, Founder of Hope Closet
Monica L. Martinez, Senior Vice President of External Affairs for Comerica Bank and Whitney Drake, Founder of Hope Closet

“Knowing we are creating special memories for students by helping them get access to dresses is rewarding,” said Monica L. Martinez, senior vice president of external affairs for Comerica Bank.

“Hope Closet has provided those opportunities to hundreds of young people, and we proudly support the work Whitney Drake and the numerous volunteers do for so many. This would not be possible if not for the generous donations made by both individuals and other sources, including bridal shops. We thank those who have contributed and hope to deliver another great year of making the prom a special and memorable experience.”

To learn more about Hope Closet, you can visit their website here. Also, check out Comerica Bank’s official site here to learn more about their financial services.

All photographs are courtesy of Franco PR.


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