Nearly a century after American woman won the right to vote at age 18, Career Wardrobe turns 18 and celebrates its role in helping to empower women in the Philadelphia area as they transition to work.Â Career Wardrobeâ€™s annual premier fundraising event,Â A Perfect Fit: Empowering 18 Fashion Show & FundraiserÂ will be held Thursday, June 5, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crystal Tea Room, 100 E. Penn Square in Philadelphia.
Career Wardrobeâ€™s premier fundraising event drew more than 300 supporters last year and raised nearly $100,000 to support the organization. The cornerstone of the event is a fashion show staring Philadelphiaâ€™s corporate and political leaders along with members of the news media who donate the suit they wear on the runway to help another woman transition to work.
KYW Newsradio Community Affairs ReporterÂ Cherri GreggÂ will serve as the event hostess andÂ Everett Gillison, Chief of Staff to Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will reprise his role as fashion show emcee.Â Â Media personalities scheduled to appear on the runway include 6ABCâ€™sÂ Monica MalpassÂ andÂ Amy Buckman; NBC10â€™sÂ Monique Braxton, Fox29â€™sÂ Sue SerioÂ andÂ Karen Hepp; CBS3 and The CW Phillyâ€™sÂ Erika Von TiehlÂ andÂ Vittoria Woodill;Â Telemundoâ€™sÂ Iris DelgadoÂ andÂ Violeta Yas;Â WMCNâ€™sÂ Dawn Stensland Mendte,Â BEN FMâ€™sÂ Marilyn Russell;Â andÂ surburbabble.comÂ bloggerÂ Hollee Becker.
Local corporate, nonprofit, and civic leaders scheduled to model includeÂ Lisa Haas,Â Esq.,Â Member and Chief Marketing OfficerÂ at Cozen Oâ€™Connor;Â Amber Hikes,Â DirectorÂ at Upward Bound;Â Sara Lomax-Reese,Â President of WURD Radio;Â Sharon Pinkenson,Â Executive DirectorÂ of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office;Â Michelle Shannon,Â Vice President, Marketing and CommunicationsÂ atÂ Center City District;Â andÂ Wendy Voet,Â Executive DirectorÂ of Womenâ€™s Way.
The evening will also include a cocktail reception sponsored by Pravda and Barefoot Wines, a seated dessert, and a spectacular â€œItâ€™s in the Bagâ€ auction where travel, dining, and entertainment prizes are uniquely packaged in designer handbags.
This yearâ€™s event celebrates Career Wardrobeâ€™s anniversary of empowering women for 18 years and officially entering adulthood and â€œvoting age.â€ Since the days of the suffrage movement women have been using their vote and their voice to rise up as self-sufficient, empowered individuals. For almost two decades, Career Wardrobe has brought together women across the community to help empower each other through education, mentorship and even the clothes off their backs.
Career Wardrobe is the nationâ€™s largest independent community-based nonprofit organization that provides women in transition with free professional clothing to help them successfully find employment. Career Wardrobeâ€™s mission is to empower women in transition by providing programs, which inspire the confidence necessary to achieve self-sufficiency and pursue a productive career. Since 1995, Career Wardrobe has empowered nearly 80,000 women.
Individual tickets must be purchased in advance for $100, and corporate and individual sponsorship packages are available. For more information and to purchase tickets, please call (215) 568-6693 or visitÂ www.careerwardrobe.org.
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