Last Thursday afternoon, May 14, 2015 at The Capital Hilton in Washington D.C, “ladies who lunch” gathered for a celebratory and inspirational luncheon to benefit Suited for Change. Suited for Change’s mission is to enable low-income women to increase their employment and job retention potential and contribute to their economic independence. Suited for Change is a founding member of The Alliance of Career Development Non-profits, a national organization of independent, community-based “sister organizations” who provide professional attire, career skills training and related services to low-income women and families.
The jovial afternoon began as attendees networked, snapped photos at the step-and-repeat, and enjoyed light h’ordeuvres during the pre-luncheon. Generous raffle items were on display which included two VIP tickets to the Meredith Vieira Show in New York City, courtside Mystics basketball tickets, and a $500.00 gift certificate to Betsy Fisher.
President, Board of Directors Terese Whitehead made welcome remarks and introduced Catherine Townsend, Interim Executive Director. The Keynote Speaker, Daisy Lewellyn of Bravo’s Blood, Sweat, and Heels and Author of Never Pay Retail Again: Shop Smart, Spend Less, and Look you Best Ever drove all the way from New York City to present since Amtrak was closed down from the devastating accident earlier that week. Such dedication! Her moving words and cheerful disposition had the audience captivated as they enjoyed an Asian Sesame Seared Chicken Salad. Other special guests included Terri Prell, 2015 Volunteer of the Year, a 19 year volunteer veteran and former Costume Designer; Jummy Olabanji, Morning News Anchor at ABC7 and News Channel 8; Regina Hoke, former client of Suited for Change and Christina Giles another former client of Suited for Change. The honored guests were heartfelt and appreciative of their experience with Suited for Change and expressed gratitude for how their experiences changed their lives for the better.
Since 1992, Suited for Change has helped more than 22,000 area women transition back into the workforce. Their clients come from all over the DC Metro Area and include homeless women, survivors of domestic violence, teen mothers, senior citizens, and women who have overcome addiction. For more information or volunteering opportunities, please visit http://www.suitedforchange.org.