Business collecting prom items for youth

Working Wardrobes and a Costa Mesa business are hosting a formal clothing donation drive that at-risk high school youth will wear to a special prom.

The Costa Mesa-based nonprofit and Creative Outlet Studios are asking for gently used formal men's and women's wear, including dresses, shoes, tuxedos, dress shirts, bowties, purses and jewelry. Working Wardrobes — which helps its clients with career and wardrobe services — is looking for 100 clothing items and accessories toward a 1,000-item goal.

The drive, which they've dubbed the "Promathon," is from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the studios, 2035 Placentia Ave., Unit F. Those who can't attend can turn in donations now until Feb. 22.

Sunday's event will have a promlike atmosphere, with music, crafts, food, drinks and a photo booth.

The "Dream Girls & Distinguished Gentlemen" prom for the 150 high-schoolers takes place in March at an Irvine hotel. Working Wardrobes is also looking for volunteers to help with that event.

"We are so energized and excited to support an organization that empowers individuals with dignity and the tools to succeed in the workforce," said Susan Varteresian, co-owner of Creative Outlet Studios. "Extending this outreach to local youth is even better."

For more information, visit or call (949) 423-7995.

—Bradley Zint

Twitter: @bradleyzint

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