Cause for the Paws Event Supports the Gulf Coast Humane Society

Dress for Success Community Action Project raises funds, awareness

Barbara Dell, Executive Director of Dress for Success SW Florida, is pleased to announce that April Bordeaux of the Professional Women’s Group has been selected to Chair this year’s Community Action Project (CAP). The title of her project is called Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida.

Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida will host a “Yappy Hour Pawty” on Friday, April 11, from 6-8 p.m. at the Bell Tower Shops Center Court. All funds raised will benefit Gulf Coast Humane Society (GCHS). Save the date for this exciting event featuring a “Dogs on the Catwalk” fashion show, food, drinks, live entertainment, raffles and vendors of pet related products and services. Admission is free and no registration is required.

The fashion show will feature a Dressed for Success category for the best owner/pet duo dressed the same, Most Creative Costume and Mr. or Mrs. Congeniality for pets with personality to spare. Entry fee is $5. Pets available for adoption will also take to the catwalk in hopes of finding a forever home during the Diamonds in the Ruff segment. GCHS will accept donations of funds and pet supplies, so bring your donations to help us fill the fountain at Center Court.

Vendor tables and sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit or email for more information. Major sponsors include the Professional Women’s Group, Dress for Success SW Florida, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Bell Tower Shops, Walmart and CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing.

The Professional Women’s Group (PWG) is a networking, job retention and professional development program that empowers employed Dress for Success SW Florida clients to aspire for self-defined success through motivation, mentoring, resources, training and partnership with professional women in the community. Membership is lifelong, free, and open to all Dress for Success clients who are working or in school.

Bordeaux was selected as the 2013-2014 delegate to represent PWG Worldwide with the Community Action Project, an annual project designed by Dress for Success Global for the purpose of reaching out into the community and helping an underserved organization. She chose to establish Cause for the Paws to end the euthanization of healthy pets by educating the community about spay and neuter programs while inspiring people to adopt, not buy, their next furry family member. Bordeaux is Creative Director at CONRIC PR & Marketing | Publishing in Fort Myers.

About Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida:
Four to six million animals are euthanized in shelters across the nation each year. Almost 5000 animals are killed each year in Lee County alone. Only 20% of people adopt their pets. It is the belief of the founder of Cause for the Paws Southwest Florida, that together we can change these statistics through compassion, education and awareness. For more information, visit or email

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. The vision for the Southwest Florida affiliate is to provide an opportunity for socially and economically disadvantaged women in Lee and Collier counties to improve themselves, receive support in career development and feel more confident and empowered. There are 130 Dress for Success affiliates Worldwide providing career wardrobes and employment counseling to disadvantaged women. Dress for Success SW Florida’s office and boutique are located at 12995 Cleveland Avenue, Suite 153, in the Pinebrook Plaza next to Bell Tower in Fort Myers. For more information, visit
This article was submitted by a Guest Author of the Above Board Chamber.