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Jacksonville Church Sponsors Prom Gown Event

Jacksonville, FL, March 26, 2008 --( Southpoint Community Church is teaming up with a non-profit organization, Caitlin’s Closet, in hopes of distributing hundreds of prom gowns to girls involved with Girls Inc., Big Sisters of Northeast Florida, the Women’s Center of Jacksonville, and The Bridge of Northeast Florida on Saturday, March 15th from 10am-12pm.

Caitlin Brunell, the daughter of NFL player and former Jacksonville Jaguar, Mark Brunell, founded Caitlin’s Closet, a non-profit organization that collects gently used special occasion dresses and distributes them to prom-hopefuls, in 2006 when she was fourteen years old.

“I wanted to do something to help other teens,” Caitlin says. “I realized that every girl should be able to attend school events and feel good about herself, and I thought I might be able to help make that happen.”

While her friends are heading out to the mall to find that one perfect dress, Caitlin is traveling the country in search of hundreds of gowns. She has sponsored events in Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia and is planning to host collection drives in Florida, Nevada, California, and Kentucky this year. She will distribute those gowns during prom season at events in Oklahoma, California, Florida and Virginia.

Since its founding, Caitlin’s Closet has collected nearly 2000 prom gowns and special occasion dresses. Her hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Caitlin is the current Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, representing the Commonwealth of Virginia. She won more than $30,000 in college scholarships at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando, Florida in August 2007. The “little sister” pageant to the Miss America Scholarship Organization, this not-for-profit program has provided more than $2 million in college scholarships nationally to young women from 13 to 17 years of age. The title has given Caitlin a nationwide vehicle to promote Caitlin’s Closet.

Southpoint Community Church is located at 7556 Salisbury Road in Jackson. Doors open at 10am. Door Prizes, refreshments and makeovers will be provided.

People interested in helping can email To find out more about Caitlin’s Closet, visit To learn more about Caitlin, go to

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