Jessica Wajoli named Dress for Success SW Florida 2016 Success Story

Dress for Success SW Florida is pleased to announce that Jessica Wajoli has been chosen as the organization’s 2016 Success Story and will be honored at its annual signature event, “A Fashion Night in Black & White” on Wednesday, April 27 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Naples.
 
Hear Jessica’s inspiring story and enjoy an evening of fashion, hors d’oeuvres, champagne, dinner and a silent auction to support Dress for Success SW Florida in its life-changing work of promoting the professional development and transformation of women in Collier and Lee counties.
 
A native of the farmlands of Ghana, Jessica arrived in Fort Myers with her American husband in 2010 seeking a better life, but instead faced many serious struggles. The mentorship she received from Dress for Success SW Florida while living in an ACT shelter helped her turn her life around.
 
While working as a home health assistant, and with the help of many compassionate women along the way, she was able to gain the education and confidence needed to fulfill her dream of honoring the entrepreneurial spirit of her mother, who made soaps for her daughters to sell when Jessica was growing up. Many Southwest Floridians have already delighted in Jessica’s exquisite handcrafted WAW (Wajoli African Wear) jewelry using locally sourced materials and the colorful clothing, sandals and baskets she sells from women in Ghana.
 
100% of the proceeds from A Fashion Night in Black & White support the continued advancement of Dress for Success SW Florida’s programs for women in Collier and Lee counties.
 
Attendees are invited to dress to impress, symbolizing the confidence, hope and style of the women Dress for Success SW Florida serves. Everyone will enjoy star treatment and walk the red carpet, illuminated by the flashes of paparazzi. Guests will be the first to preview White House Black Market’s Summer 2016 collection.
 
The Title Sponsor for this year’s event is the Elizabeth K. Galena Foundation Inc.  Other sponsors include: Arthrex; Bank United; Card Systems; Catalyst; CONRIC PR & Marketing; eBella Magazine; eGuarded; Entech; First Florida Integrity Bank; Hodges University; Markham, Norton, Mosteller, Wright and Company, P.A.; Norman Love Confections, Paul Mitchell The School; Stevens Construction; Walmart; and White House Black Market.
 
Individual tickets are $125. Tables are available for $1,200 and seat 10. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call (239) 689-4992 or email swflorida@dressforsuccess.org. Your co-hosts for this evening of fashion will be Board Members Shiree Woody and Barbara Melvin.
 
Dress for Success SW Florida services include: one-on-one job interview suiting with a Personal Shopper; Dress for Success boutiques in Naples and Fort Myers; and encouragement, advice and mentorship of women who are unemployed, underemployed and entrepreneurs starting their own business. Dress for Success SW Florida is located in both Naples and Fort Myers.
 
About Dress for Success SW Florida
Dress for Success SW Florida is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 141 cities in 19 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency, while providing career wardrobes, employment counseling and mentoring. The Fort Myers location of Dress for Success SW Florida is 12995 S. Cleveland Ave. Suite 153, Fort Myers in the Pinebrook Plaza. The Naples location is Hodges University, 2655 Northbrooke Dr., Naples. For information on Dress for Success SW Florida, email swflorida@dressforsuccess.org, call (239) 689-4992 or visit dfsswflorida.org.