Dress for Success San Francisco supporters recently gathered to celebrate the 7th Annual “Success: You Wear it Well” Fashion Celebration Gala at the iconic Sir Francis Drake, a Kimpton Hotel, in an evening that included cocktails, dinner and fashion show featuring some of the area’s most notable young women, such as Libby Leffler, Cristin Zweig, Jacqueline Hawk, Danielle Pener, Justine Antonia Josefa, Kimberly Sharp and Dora Padilla. Even a few guys made an appearance on the runway.
Marla Tellez from NBC Good Morning news kicked off the night discussing how great it is to see the fusion of fashion and charity and the important impact Dress for Success San Francisco makes in the lives of women. This led into a lively fashion show featuring Banana Republic who showcased their formal work attire and corporate cocktail party looks. The models consisted of clients from Dress for Success San Francisco as well as its supporters and sponsors of the charity.
Over 200 members of the Bay Area philanthropic and corporate community were in attendance to celebrate and acknowledge the work and dedication of Dress for Success San Francisco. Guests entered the cocktail reception greeted by Chandon wine and sparkling wine, SKYY vodka cocktails and expertly crafted bites provided by Alicia Jenish of Grand Cafe and Sharon Nahm of E&O Asian Kitchen.
The energy and high spirits at the event continued while guests enjoyed capturing memories at a San Francisco Chronicle photo booth and bid on over 69 silent auction lots. Following the cocktail reception, guests entered the Empire Ballroom, where they enjoyed a seated three course dinner catered by Scala’s Bistro Executive Chef and Top Chef contestant, Jen Biesty.
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Rita Steel, President of Central and Western United States Operations for Robert Half International, was honored for her philanthropic efforts and continued support of Dress for Success. With her leadership, Robert Half International has conducted annual suit drives across the country for Dress for Success and over 170,000 articles of clothing have been donated over the past 10 years.
Also, Christina Laygo, a Dress for Success San Francisco Professional Women’s Group member shared her stories of struggles and triumph with the attendees. Laygo has overcome addiction and abuse to see professional success as a chef and in her involvement in the Dress for Success Community Action Project.
The successful night ended with a Live Auction and “Suit a Woman” where individuals pledge $100 to help a woman receive Dress for Success San Francisco career services.
The Gala Co-chairs ended the night by thanking the Premier Sponsor Benefit Cosmetics as well as Kimpton Hotels, First Republic Bank, Robert Half International, San Francisco Chronicle, Lia Sophia, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, Cinta Aveda, Inner Workings, Seyfarth & Shaw, Prestige Legal Search, LaBoulange and Senspa. They also echoed Tellez’s sentiments on the impact of Dress for Success San Francisco and the critical need to help local women change the world by achieving self-sufficiency in the workplace and in life.
Since launching its program in June of 2006 Dress for Success San Francisco has provided career development services and retention programs to over 3,500 women and partners with over 85 agencies throughout the Bay Area to provide career and clothing services to their clients at no cost. The Going Places Network, the Dress for Success job search program, has also provided career development workshops to 125 women since 2010, with 20% of them securing employment during or after the program. So far, in 2012 Dress for Success San Francisco has provided career services to over 550 women thus far this year with 13% securing employment and has launched a San Jose office to career services to women in the Silicon Valley.
For more information please visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org/SanFrancisco