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!

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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

A Fashion Night in Black & White 2017

A Fashion Night in Black & White 2017

It’s that time of year again! The Summer Collection preview and fashion show. Wear your finest black & white cocktail attire for an evening of fun and fashion. This year’s keynote speaker will be Donna Noce, White House Black Market President and Founding Board President of Dress for Success SW Florida.

A new addition to this year’s show is that the models for the show are 10 women who have been clients of Dress for Success. The outfits they will be showcasing are provided by White House Black Market summer collection and will be gifting each model the entire outfit that they will be displaying.

Card Systems Supports SWFL Dress For Success Fashion Night

The Annual Dress for Success Fashion Night in Black & White

Date: Friday, May 12th  

TTime: 6-9PM

Where: Hyatt Coconut Point Resort & Spa – 5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs

Tickets: $125ea. or Tables of 10 for $1200

What to expect: Hors-d’oeuvres, champagne, dinner, live and silent auctions, and a night filled with fun and excitement!

Purchase your tickets by visiting the Dress For Success ticketing page or by contacting Dress For Success at 239.689.4992

View the detailed flyer by clicking here

Donna Noce the Keynote Speaker, White House Black Market Brand President,  making this a fun evening of Fun, Fashion and Excitement, all benefiting the women of Southwest Florida. According to a recent News-Press interview, Noce has this to say about being the keynote for this event,“I could not be more honored to speak on a topic that is dear to my heart and at the heart of our brand,” Noce said. “Sharing the same message with Dress for Success, White House Black Market honors and embraces women, empowering them to feel confident and beautiful.” Please join us for a fun-filled night to support a great cause.

If you would like to find out more about how Dress For Sucess Southwest Florida is helping local women please visit them at http://www.dfsswflorida.org/ to get involved today!

Here are some photos from last years event: