A REcycled Night in Black and White Tonight!

A REcycled Night in Black and White Tonight!

Join us for the REcycled event of the Season!

Tune in this evening to watch a fashion show unlike any other from the safety and convenience of your own home https://www.facebook.com/dfsswflorida/.   Emcees Alyssa LeMay, Nickole Hendra and Barbara Melvin, joined by auctioneer extraordinaire, Rick Gallo will host the annual Dress for Success of SW Florida Black and White Night. This year streaming with a wonderful fashion twist…..A REcycled night in Black and White!  A one-of-a-kind event featuring local artists who are competing for cash prizes. Each has transformed donated bags of recycled clothing and accessories, into amazing works of art!  This is an event and competition not to be missed!

There will be fashion, local celebrities, live and silent auctions, virtual cork pulls, trash to treasure and more.  But most important of all….. you will be making a difference in the lives of the Women of Southwest Florida simply by bidding on amazing auction items, swag bags or our fun cork pull.

Event Details

Who and how each of us can help?

Our community’s support makes a huge difference in helping these women who are survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, residing in shelters, and are unemployed. Dress for Success helps these girls and women receive professional attire for a job interviews, counseling, coaching, and the career development tools needed to help them achieve economic independence.

Special thanks to our Honorary Event Chair Christina Schwinn of Pavese Law Firm for her ongoing support and to our sponsors who helped make this event possible:

Ruby Sponsors:  Elizabeth K. Galeana Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, 

Sapphire Sponsors: Home Tech

Pearl Sponsors: Garramone Plastic Surgery, Waste Pro

Emerald Sponsors: Edison National Bank, Dream Fit,  R.D. Johnson Construction, Inc

Watch Party Hosts and In-Kind Sponsors:  Karen Anderson, Card Systems, Chico’s, CostcoeBella Magazine, Entech, eGuarded, Jason’s Deli, John Fernandez Photography, Lalise Accessories, Luminary Hotel, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Company, P.A, Barbara Melvin, McDonalds, Norman Love Confections, Opulent Lighting & Design, Priority Marketing, Promotional Incentives, Publix, Cheryl Reynolds, Angie Rogaliner, Joanne Rovner, Sip & Send, Stevens Construction, Tesla, Vi at Bentley Village, Zino Restaurant, Zorba’s Mediterranean Grille & Bar

Since opening in 2010, Dress For Success of SWFL has impacted and empowered over 3,500 women in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. Their goal is to serve more women, provide more services and programs, and ultimately mentor them right into a job!

To register for the virtual event, visit BlackAndWhite2020.EventBrite.com. For more information, call  Nickole Hendra at 239-689-4992 or email nickole@dfsswflorida.org.,

October 15, 2020 Line-up

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Live Entertainment – 5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Economic Empowerment for Women
  • Fashion Show
  • Live Entertainment
  • Live and Silent Auctions
  • Buy It Now
  • Cork Pull
  • Mystery Swag Bags and more…

Small Ways to Make a Big Impact:

Become a Fund-A-Need Partner $125.00

Participate in the Cork Pull $50.00 donation “Sold out”

Don’t forget to watch live tonight to make a difference    https://www.facebook.com/dfsswflorida/

“Clothes aren’t going to change the world, the women who wear them will.” -Anne Klein

In Memory of Barbara Dell, SW Florida Dress for Success Founder

In Memory of Barbara Dell, SW Florida Dress for Success Founder

In recent news you may have heard that our community suffered a great loss on New Year’s Day, that loss was our beloved Barbara Dell.  Of course, she wasn’t just any woman; she was an entrepreneur and a visionary that turned out to be a true blessing for all the women that walked through the doors at Dress for Success in Southwest Florida.

Barbara was unstoppable. Her presence would light up a room and she was a true inspiration to all women; not just as a leader but also as a friend.   She was the type of woman that inspired everyone with her constant passion to help the women of SW Florida turn their lives around.

Our company first became involved with Dress for Success due to the volunteers’ enthusiasm at one of their first Shop for Success events at the Bell Tower in Fort Myers.   There was no job too big or too small for any of the volunteers because it was delightful helping a good cause and working under Barbara.  Read more here. 

She will be truly missed but will live in our hearts forever. We can all commemorate a great woman not only by supporting Dress for Success but other charities as well. Pay it forward for Barbara; she would have wanted it that way.

A celebration of Life held for Barbara at the Broadway Palm on February 8th at 2:00-4:00.

Shop For Success

Shop For Success

Don’t miss the shopping event of the year! The annual Dress For Success Shop for Success will be held at the Crowne Plaza, Friday November 2nd; VIP Admission starting at 3 p.m. ($50 tickets…hurry, only 6 remaining), General Admission at 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Over 5,000 square feet will be packed with exclusive brands such as White House/Black Market, Chico’s, Talbots, St. John as well as other special well-known designers.  With prices starting at just $5 each it’s a bargain shopper’s paradise!

Card Systems and eGuarded are once again proud sponsors of the event and our staff will be there to assist you with all your purchases.  We hope to see you there – come start your holiday shopping with us!

Save a life for Christmas!

Save a life for Christmas!

Forever Pets Happy Home Adoption

We all know pets can improve our health, why not help yourself or a loved one and save a pet at the same time?  Forever Pets of SW Florida, a non-profit no-kill shelter, is a wonderful organization. We just adopted an adorable Maltese mix dog for one of our family members here at Card Systems. Ask anyone who has adopted a pet, and they’ll share their story of love, fun, and companionship with you, Why?…..because shelter pets are amazing!

There is a growing amount of research today confirming the impact the human-animal bond can have on a person and community health. Want to see for yourself? Please check out the links below from Harvard Medical School and Pet Partners.

 

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-health-benefits-and-risks-of-pet-ownership

https://petpartners.org/learn/benefits-human-animal-bond/

This year give yourself the gift of “forever love” by providing a “forever home” for that perfect little creature who has been waiting for you.  Adopting a pet from Forever Pets is a win-win for you and the pet. So, what are you waiting for?  Call 239-822-3382 – or visit www.forever-pets.org

 

 

 

Shopping Extravaganza!

Shopping Extravaganza!

Click to view full news story on FaceBook!

 

Please come and join us today at the Crown Plaza for an afternoon and evening of fun, fabulous fashions and accessories! This year we are pleased to announce there will be a wider array of sizes for everyone. All proceeds go to help the women of Southwest Florida! We hope to see you there.

Hurry on down and don’t miss out!

2017 Apex Awards and SWFL Dress for Success

2017 Apex Awards and SWFL Dress for Success

A fabulous evening was had by all at the 2017 Apex Award Ceremony. There
was more than glamorous and beautiful women attending this event. All are
accomplished women who gave their time, knowledge and experience to make a
difference in our community.

It was especially exciting for us as our own, Barbara Dell, was the
recipient of this year’s prestigious award. Barbara has helped over 3200
women in Southwest Florida. Women who have fallen onto hard times, have
been victims of domestic violence or single mothers. Many struggling at the
poverty level just trying to make ends meet. Dress For Success offers not just clothing,
but programs to help them with their job interviews, learning new skills to
help them re-enter the workforce stronger and more confident than ever.
Recently, , I met someone who achieved the position of a manager at a local
Dillard’s only to learn that she attributed her success to Dress For Success. She repeated
how she could not have done it without the help, guidance and encouragement
given to her by Barbara and Dress For Success.

There is only one Barbara Dell! But what Barbara has built will affect
hundreds if not thousands more women as the SWFL chapter of Dress For Success continues to grow and touch every segment of our community.

Photos from the event