#GivingTuesday is #GivingShoesDay

Indianapolis (December 2, 2014): Dress for Success® is once again turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, to honor this day of giving.  For the third year in a row, #GivingShoesDay encourages women to donate their professional shoes to one of more than 135 Dress for Success affiliates across the world—including Dress for Success Indianapolis.


Last year, Fergie Footwear partnered with Dress for Success Worldwide to give something back to those that donate their shoes on this distinguished day of charity and, this year, the shoe brand is upping the ante.  The top 10 individual shoe donors from around the world will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday edition Raegan heels, in addition, the top three Dress for Success affiliates across the globe that garner the most total donations will also be awarded with a special gift of brand new shoes directly from Fergie Footwear. Last year, one of the donors from Indianapolis was among the top 10 donors and received a complimentary pair of Fergie Footwear heels.


Joining the ranks of post-Thanksgiving campaigns such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingShoesDay has proven to be a tremendous #GivingTuesday success for Dress for Success Indianapolis. In 2013 over 250 pairs of interview-appropriate shoes were donated. This year, Dress for Success Indianapolis is partnering with central Indiana Teachers Credit Union (TCU) branches to provide donors even more locations to donate. Interview-appropriate shoes will be collected on December 2nd from 9am-5pm at any Central Indiana TCU branch, or directly at Dress for Success Indianapolis (820 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN).


“Dress for Success Indianapolis does so much more than provide interview attire for women in our community. We also help women step closer to self-sufficiency by helping them prepare for, secure and keep sustainable employment. In order to do this, we rely on our amazing community to continue to provide resources so our women have the opportunity to achieve success in work, and in life,” said Barbara Ellsworth, Executive Director.


To participate in Giving Shoes Day, women can simply bring their shoes to any central Indiana TCU location, or directly to Dress for Success Indianapolis at 820 N. Meridian Street on Tuesday, December 2nd from 9am-5pm.  For those who would like to donate shoes for #GivingShoesDay, but are not able to bring them in on that day, the professional footwear can be sent to the Dress for Success Indianapolis, where donations of clothing, shoes and accessories are always accepted.  These shipped donations must arrive by December 2 to be considered for #GivingShoesDay, with a note stating that #GivingShoesDay is what the shoes are being donated for.

Stepping Out In Style 2014, presented by PNC Bank!

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On Friday, September 5, 2014, Dress for Success Indianapolis and PNC Bank presented the 12th annual Stepping Out In Style fundraising event in downtown Indianapolis at the JW Marriott!

It was a night of high fashion, great food, critical fundraising and loads of fun! The evening included a cocktail reception sponsored by Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc., dinner, fashion show and an after party sponsored by Citizens Energy Group. Artwork for this year’s event was created by Heather Stamanov.

The Bedel Financial Consulting, Inc. cocktail reception began at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, fashion show and the Citizens Energy Group after party. During the cocktail reception, guests could purchase tickets for the Grand Prize Drawing, bid on fabulous items through the Mainstreet silent auction, and try their hand at the Diamond Dig, sponsored by Aronstam Fine Jewelers! Guests then joined us at the after party to visit with friends and meet our models, artist and sponsors for the evening.

Dress for Success Indianapolis welcomed community leaders and two of our PWG members as models to the stage for a high-energy fashion show. They wore unique clothing from upscale local boutiques and walked the catwalk escorted by esteemed members of the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Connie Bond Stuart, PNC Bank Regional President, graced the runway this year as our Honorary Chair, while Julia Moffitt from WTHR – Channel 13 returned as our emcee for the evening.  Denny Sponsel, President of RJE Business Interiors, also returned as our Match Sponsor and will challenge our guests to raise more money than ever before to reach our $200,000+ fundraising goal.

Models for 2014 include:
Nicole Bickett – 
Chief Administrative Officer, Mainstreet
Karen Crotchfelt – President and Publisher, Star Media
Meggie Dials – Regional Director of Channel Sales, ExactTarget; Founder, The Sussy Project
Shyra Ely-Gash – Wardrobe Stylist and Former WNBA Player
Kelly Huntington
 – President and CEO, Indianapolis Power and Light Company
Gwendolyn Jackson – Lifelong Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Member
Michele Jackson – Partner, Harden Jackson, LLC; Executive Director, MLJ Adoptions; Founder, Global Orphan Foundation
Jeffifer Kahn – Director, BI Worldwide
Thea E. Kelly – Senior Counsel Commercial Operations, Dow AgroSciences LLC
Jewel Lofton – Lifelong Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Member
Allyson Morrison – Lifelong Professional Women’s Group (PWG) Member
Terina Perry – Project Manager Indianapolis, Lucas Oil Products
Andrea Roberts Pierson – Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Debra Ross – Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, The National Bank of Indianapolis
Sunny Lu Williams – Vice President Business Development, Telamon