Betty's Closet Raised More Than $100,000 for Benevolent Care
On November 5, 2016, Betty's Closet celebrated its 51st sale and joyously hit the $100,000+ mark for donations to benevolent care.
Betty's Closet was the creation of former Asbury Solomons resident Betty King. Interested in supporting the Asbury Solomons Benevolent Care Fund and using her creativity in business, she developed the idea of a clothing thrift shop on campus that would allow people to donate their clothing for resale. Some were skeptical at first about whether this new venture would take off, but ever since the first sale on September 21, 2010, there was no looking back. By advertising in the local papers, sending out an eBlast to an ever-growing email list, and word of mouth, Betty's Closet has become a hot spot for Southern Maryland deal-seekers.
Resident Ruth Maxey now leads the effort, along with many dedicated and hardworking volunteers. Ruth can be seen all around campus picking up donated goods and organizing them for the next sale. She comments, "It keeps me active and thinking, and I love the social part of it. And, of course, the fact that all of our proceeds support benevolent care makes me feel good."