Monday, December 13, 2010

Dress for Success, Gardere's Grand Success

A week ago Cinched was invited to spend a delightful evening at Gardere's A Night Out benefiting Dress for Success Houston. The charming event kicked off with cocktails and shopping from various local stores, and a delightful dinner with an insightful presentation by local image consultant Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary  with how to's on fashion forward pieces and various trends.  

"Through support from Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, the tenth annual A Night Out, held Dec. 1 at The Westin Galleria, generated more than $150,000 to benefit Dress for Success® Houston. The record-breaking amount raised at this year’s benefit will not only enable Dress for Success Houston to purchase 500 suits to help women in the greater Houston area look and feel confident throughout the interview process, but also provide program support and scholarships to more than 4,000 women in 2011."

Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary, Event chair and Gardere banking partner Liz Crowell, Event Emcee and ABC Channel 13 anchor Sharron Melton, and Dress for Success Houston president and co-founder Nancy Levicki

Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary

Along with the delightful presentation by Cathy Fitzpatrick Cleary, I was enlightened by the history and purpose of Dress for Success from various Dress for Success Alumni sharing their stories. Providing women with the attire, preparation and confidence to approach the job market Dress for Success Houston has served more than 26,000 women since 1998.
"The mission of Dress for Success Houston is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life."- Dress for Success