Dress for Success SW Florida’s Shop for Success Attended by More Than 400 Women

Shopping extravaganza to continue at Dress for Success headquarters on December 16

More than 400 women shopped at Shop for Success, Dress for Success SW Florida’s eagerly awaited annual signature shopping event. On Friday, November 10, at the Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, shoppers purchased mostly new or gently used clothing and accessories collected from sponsors and the community. VIP tickets were sold out and lines formed before the sale opened.

Shop for Success featured more than 5,000 square feet of clothing in sizes 00 to 26 and accessories, including dresses, tops, pants, skirts, suits, jackets, shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry, with prices starting at $5. White House Black Market and Chico’s were prominently featured as part of the sale. WHBM set up a department of new merchandise.

The sale will continue at the Dress for Success Holiday Shopping Event on Saturday, December 16, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dress for Success SW Florida is located at 12995 S. Cleveland Avenue, Suite 153, in Fort Myers. Items will range in price from 2 for $5 (clothes, shoes, bras, and purses), to $5 (bags, earrings, and rings), and $10 (necklaces and bracelets). The event is free to attend.

Some women who purchased clothing at Shop for Success told staff that they had experienced losses from Hurricane Irma. The purchases they made not only benefited Dress for Success SW Florida, but also helped these women begin to replace their wardrobes lost to the storm.

All proceeds from the events benefit Dress for Success SW Florida in its mission to jumpstart a woman’s career by providing not only work appropriate attire through its Suits for Self Sufficiency program, but also education and training through its custom Women Empowered Through Employment Series (WETES). Both programs provide women with tools necessary to create a balance between work and home life and provide support to overcome life’s hardships.

Event sponsors include Dress for Success SW Florida founding sponsor White House Black Market, 31 Gifts, Card Systems, CONRIC PR & Marketing, Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops, Frank & Sons Moving, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A., and Stevens Construction.

About Dress for Success SW Florida
Founded by Barbara Dell in 2010, Dress for Success SW Florida is headquartered in Fort Myers, Fla. The mission of Dress for Success SW Florida is to promote the independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. The non-profit helps women achieve self-defined financial and professional success. Dress for Success SW Florida serves job-ready women by referral only. For more information, visit www.dfsswflorida.org or call 239-689-4992. Dress for Success SW Florida is located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 153, Fort Myers, Fla. 33907.

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