Bringing mothers, daughters and friends together for a day of amazing fashion was one of the goals of Career Wardrobe’s annual Empowerment Tea and Fashion Show Sunday, November 9, 2014, the event’s chairwoman said.
Melissa Herd said a projected $50,000 was raised from the day’s event, attended by hundreds of women at the Hyatt at the Bellevue Philadelphia.
“It’s the generous financial support of our sponsors and everyone in this room that ensures that we can help over 3,000 women each year transition to employment, provide for their families and realize their full potential,” Herd said.
For nearly 20 years, Career Wardrobe has helped women in Philadelphia transition into the workplace by providing interview appropriate attire and educational services, the organization’s publicist Paige Wolf said.
“Some of the women are coming out of the welfare system, some are in prison reentry programs and some simply are just coming off of unemployment,” Wolf said.
Wolf said Career Wardrobe continues to expand the reach of its programs with new engag ement projects, including providing bilingual services for the Spanish speaking community.
“We continue to evolve with the needs of the women in Philadelphia, so we’re constantly introducing new and different services,” Wolf said.
Event committee member and volunteer Shalena D.I.V.A. said she decided to link up with Career Wardrobe because they’re in alignment with her goals of personal development and economic empowerment.
“My company Shalena [Discover Invest Value Appreciate] Corporation, helps women become clear on their life’s purpose and to discover their unique gifts and talents,” she said.
Shalena D.I.V.A. also donated her Amazon best-selling book Fire Your Friends to the event’s silent auction.