Dress for Success SW Florida announces PURSEonality drop-off locations

Dress for Success SW Florida, is pleased to announce seven local businesses have stepped up to serve as drop-off locations for donations of gently used handbags and purses for sale at the inaugural PURSEonality event. Blessings in a Backpack and Dress for Success SW Florida will come together for one spectacular evening to support the two organizations, which promote the economic independence of women and provide for the nutritional needs of children, respectively. PURSEonality will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Center Court in the Bell Tower Shops.

Through Friday, March 13, the public can now donate new and gently used handbags and purses at:

· Bell Tower Management Office – Daniels Parkway and US 41, Fort Myers

· Clive Daniel Home – 2777 Tamiami Trail N, Naples

· Dress for Success Boutique – 12995 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 153, Fort Myers in the Pinebrook Plaza

· Encore Bank – 79020 Summerlin Lakes Drive, Fort Myers

· Saks Fifth Avenue in the Bell Tower Shops – Daniels Parkway and US 41, Fort Myers

· Sanibel Captiva Community Bank – 2475 Library Way, Sanibel Island

· Spada Salon and Day Spa – 13161 McGregor Blvd, Suite 1, Fort Myers

· The French Press – 5789 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral

Handbags collected at these locations will be offered for sale, with luxury designer and celebrity-donated purses up for bidding at a silent auction at the PURSEonality event. Dozens of fabulous items donated by event sponsors and vendors will also be available in a Chinese auction. The guys will enjoy their own festivities in a designated “Man Cave” for the evening. VIP sponsors will enjoy early entry at 5:30 p.m.

Dress for Success SW Florida relies on donations and volunteers from the Southwest Florida community to help continue its life-changing mission of providing wardrobes, employment counseling and career development tools to disadvantaged women in the area. Private donors, school officials and volunteers are integral to the mission of Blessings in a Backpack of SWFL, which provides critical weekend nourishment to children who depend on federal food assistance programs they receive at school.

For information on tickets and sponsorships, contact Mary McDonough at Dress for Success SW Florida at 239-689-4992 mary@dfsswflorida.org or Cecilia St. Arnold of Blessings in a Backpack at (239) 410-9592 or Cstarnold@Blessingsinswfl.org.

About Dress for Success

The mission of Dress for Success 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. There are 135 Dress for Success locations internationally focusing on providing career wardrobes, employment counseling and mentoring for women. Its main office is located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 153, Fort Myers in the Pinebrook Plaza. For information on Dress for Success SW Florida email swflorida@dressforsuccess.org, call 239-689-4992 or visit swflorida.dressforsuccess.org