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Catherine was an honor student and valedictorian of her class at Clifford Scott High School in East Orange, New Jersey. She was aspiring to be a doctor. A 14 year old in a stolen vehicle rammed into the car driven by Courtney, Catherine's twin sister, killing Catherine . She was buried in her prom dress. In an essay she once wrote Catherine said, "People will know my name not for fame or fortune or out of Vanity, but they will know me because I have helped someone."

Catherine Closet needs help making High School girls' dreams come true.

Over 6000 girls in New York/New Jersey have benefited from the generosity of Catherine Closet, Inc., a non-profit organization that was responsible for dressing girls in designer Armani, Ralph Lauren, and Jessica McClintock for their prom. Students who completed 30 - 100 hours of community service with Catherine's Closet, received scholarships for their outstanding service in our organization.

Three chapters of Catherine's Closet were launched in the lower eastside of New York, Perth Amboy, New Jersey and Tucson, Az. Sandra Kessler, Catherine's Closet Founder, collected $80,000 worth of toys and books, then distributed the gifts to over 10,000 children in Newark and East Orange. Media coverage for the aforementioned events has been viewed on BET Nightly News, ABC, CBS, NBC, Channel 9, Channel 13, on the Channel 12 News segment - "Positively New Jersey", and on the God Squad. Articles have appeared in the Star Ledger, New York Times, People Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Prom Time Magazine, as well as many local newspapers throughout New Jersey.

Over the past six years the importance of having students do community service with our organization has become a significant mission of Catherine's Closet. Self-esteem is elevated with participation in the project . Many students have collected gowns, designed and redesigned gowns for admission to F.I.T. and several girls have become spokeswomen for the project.



Catherine's Closet - Press Release - Click Here

Founder, Dr. Sandy Kessler - Biography - Click Here

 
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