Parker Secret Closet
Meet the members of the local non-profit, Parker Secret Closet. Kiva Frey, Leah Ryan and Erin Jones. They are the driving force behind this incredible organization, located in Parker, Colorado.
Parker Secret Closet is a 501(c)3 non-profit that has a small boutique offering FREE formal wear and accessories to teens and tweens. They recycle those prom dresses, homecoming dresses, and the exciting bridesmaid dresses you wore once and give your new and gently used formalwear a chance to make a teen’s night amazing! Their mission is to provide free formal wear to deserving young adults.
Parker Secret Closet was started in the basement of a home located in Parker when a few different masterminds wanted to find a way to give back to their community. Between a few different boutiques and formal dress shops, enough dresses were gathered to start! Over the last 2 years, we have grown rapidly into a booming non-profit that has helped hundreds of teens find their dream dress!
Parker Secret Closet collects new and almost-new formal dresses, tuxedos, sports coats, ties, graduation gowns and accessories and provide them, free of charge, to any student who has an important event they would like to attend. They have the largest collection of free formal wear in the area and can accommodate almost every style, size and preference. They are open year-round, by appointment only. Walk in hours are posted on their website during homecoming and prom season. No appointment is needed during walk in hours.
Parker Secret Closet is welcoming to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, gender identities, abilities, size or residency. The organization is not affiliated with any groups or religions and there is no "catch". They serve teens and tweens from all over the state and students do not need to prove any type of financial hardship in order to visit the shop.
They are completely volunteer run and rely solely on community support, donations, and in-kind gifts. They are always accepting donations and welcoming new volunteers. Volunteers are needed to help with events and as personal fashion advisors to teens as they choose their prom dresses and tuxedos or to help with – no experience is needed.
Their website also lists several creative ways that you can help and donate, including holding dress drives at school after big events and dances, encouraging your wedding guests and bridal party to donate their formal wear after the wedding, and notifying attendees at a formal function of the option to donate their formalwear after the event. Formalwear and accessories are not the only things they need – they have an Amazon Wish List posted on their website with items needed – consider throwing something extra in your cart the next time you are shopping!
To celebrate their first year, they are holding their first annual gala on April 4, complete with food, fashion, rare cars, an amazing silent auction, and a unique dress exhibit featuring incredible fashion designs made from found & recycled items. All pieces are hand crafted by local students and creative artists. You will be able to vote on your favorites and the winners will receive a cash prize. Tickets can be purchased on their website here.
You can find out more about Parker Secret Closet on their website and social media accounts.