Portland, June 28th. A volunteer organization called, Women for Success Portland, celebrated two years of fundraising for items that can’t be donated to Dress for Success Oregon. Melissa Marley, Christine Arevalo, Crystal Combs, Courtney Baggett, Julia Chan and Katie Wilkes joined forces for the cause. In just two years, this entirely volunteer-run organization has raised over $25,000 to buy bras and other foundational undergarments for Dress for Success clients. The mission of Dress for Success Oregon 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 anniversary party, held in the Celie Ballroom at Kells in downtown Portland, brought in an additional $2,000.

The anniversary party, held in the Celie Ballroom at Kells in downtown Portland, brought in an additional $2,000.

 

Roberta Pence Williams and Hannah Acock

Roberta Pence Williams and Hannah Acock

In addition to raising money, a large part of the Women for Success mission is to connect like-minded women who are passionate about helping others become financially independent. New board member Courtney Baggett said, “One of the main reasons why I wanted to become more involved with Women for Success was because of the connections I’ve made at these events.”

The event feature live jazz by Blake Lyman and Jeff Putterman, plus giveaways from Hotel Deluxe, Consign Couture, and Deanna Maio Coaching & Consulting.

Emily Bentley, Kimberlee Jo Buckingham, Megan Fisher

Emily Bentley, Kimberlee Jo Buckingham, Megan Fisher

From Women for Success

Women for Success is a volunteer-run membership organization that supports Dress for Success Oregon by raising funds for items that cannot be donated. Since June 2010, the group has raised over $25,000 for Dress for Success. They are currently in the process of working with a Dress for Success affiliate in North Carolina to start a similar organization based on the Women for Success model. For more information about Women for Success, visit www.womenforsuccesspdx.org.

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