Empowering Young Women--One Gown at a time

Welcome to Maria's Closet 

Located in San Pedro, CA, we provide to those in need:  free new or nearly new formal wear, accessories, hair and make-up for Prom in a fun, carefree environment that inspires today’s young women to experience Prom with confidence.


The fast-paced physical and emotional demands of senior year, lack of financial resources and the pressures of today’s social media culture, can impact confidence and self-esteem in young women. 


Senior year is a special time for teens. It is filled with iconic senior events like prom, grad night, class breakfasts, picnics, and trips — not to mention senior photos, yearbook ads, SAT’s, college applications, campus visits, college decisions and finally, graduation. As fun and exciting as all of these whirlwind activities and hallmark occasions are, they also mount up to some pretty hefty financial woes and stress which can lead to missing out on that last dance, Prom. 

At Maria's Closet, we don't let the cost of Prom weigh young women in our community down. We empower them - after all, it takes a village!  We know that no senior wants to miss out on activities and events that they have been waiting for since the first day of freshman year!  That's why Maria's Closet is empowering young women, one gown at a time!  



Each year Maria's Closet seeks to create partnerships with individuals, corporations and social organizations to host dress drives. We also host several fundraising events to cover the cost for additional dresses, shoes, accessories and other Prom preparation  expenses. 


Our Program


Give Away

Our 2022 applications  are open starting January 10, 2022. Acceptance will end on March 27, 2022 at midnight.

Applications for the 2022 Big Give event and our 2022 Scholarship(s) are available on-line

Young women candidates are referred to Maria’s Closet through social workers, guidance counselors, after school organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, or other school representatives.

Our 2022 event will be held at the Boys and Girls Club.

Details of the event, time and requirements will be provided to selected candidates.

Stay tuned for this 2022's exciting events! 

Our Sponsors

Table Sponsors


Councilman Joe Buscaino - 

LA District 15 

(Platinum Sponsor, 2018 &2019)


Harbor Breeze Cruises -  Dan Salas  (platinum sponsor, 2018)


Snyder Charitable Trust  - Platinum Sponsor, 2019

J&D Fish - Dino Lauro

Fidelity National Title

Big Nicks - John Bakakis

Wintrust Mortgage - Nick Jurun

Properties West - Gordon & Nancy Inman

Keller Williams LA Harbor

Krill & Associates - Gary Krill

American Capital Corp - Jenifer Baran

Robert & Gina Foster

Rich Development - Joe Rich

Remax Estate Properties - Melissa & Jeremy  Sidell

Nick & Mary Acosta - Keller Williams LA Harbor


Supervisor Janice Hahn -  Grant

Other Sponsors

Dadario Plumbing

Malaga Bank

Spierer Woodward Attorneys

Mary Star High School

Pola High School

Citizens Business Bank

Kondo Group - Movata Real Estate

Todd Brisco Attorney at Law

Toby Mathis - Anderson Business Group

Los Angeles Dodgers

Garret & Jeni Hosh

Twigs Jewelry

Virgins Saints & Angels

LA Galaxy

My Saint My Hero

Trump National Golf Course

San Pedro Brewing Company

Big Nicks

John & Christine Vidovich

Greg & Vicki Leach

Harbor Lights Escrow

Fidelity National TItle

Brouwerij West


Pamela Arlene Events

Mizzy Photography

F-Stop Shooters

Royal Elegance

Los Angeles Dodgers 

J. Tranis San Pedro 

Trump National Golf Club 

From the Heart - Irene Bronner  


Lampost Pizza 

PF Changs 

Bucca Di Beppo 

Chicago 4  Ribs 

In and out 

Maria’s Closet Board 

Santa Monica Seafood 

Lattes On Location

Golden Treasures Jewelers

 Al & Ronna Luna

San Pedro Bike Palace

Avenue Italy Restaurant

Marina Sports Medicine 

Jennifer Knits & Needlepoint

Tropical Sun

Normans Uniforms 

Rick & Mary Fujisaki 

Michele Toddun 

Niccolos Pizza 

Lou Roupoli, Lou’s floor covering 

Bad Fish Company

Rok “n” Ell Baby

Lisa Teran Appearance Salon

Greg & Vicki Gomez

Kings Hawaiin

Harbor Lights Escrow 

Captains Treasure Chest