Make Giving Tuesday – Giving Shoesday for Dress for Success Indianapolis


 Women across Indianapolis Are Encouraged to Donate Professional Shoes To Dress for Success Indianapolis on this National Day of Giving

 The Top 10 Shoe Donors throughout the Country Will Receive a Complimentary Pair of Limited Holiday Edition Palace Heels from Fergie Footwear. Locally, the top donor will receive a $100 gift certificate to Studio 2000 Salon and Day Spa.

 Indianapolis, IN (December 3, 2013): Dress for Success is turning #GivingTuesday into #GivingShoesDay once again on Tuesday, December 3, to honor this national day of giving.  For the second year in a row, #GivingShoesDay encourages women to donate their professional shoes to one of 50 Dress for Success affiliates across the United States—including Dress for Success Indianapolis.  But, supporters of Dress for Success won’t be the only ones giving on this distinguished day of charity—the top 10 shoe donors across the country will receive a complimentary pair of limited holiday edition Palace heels from Fergie Footwear. Locally, the top shoe donor will be awarded a $100 gift certificate to Studio 2000 Salon and Day Spa, a year-round partner of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

Joining the ranks of post-Thanksgiving campaigns such as Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, #GivingShoesDay proved to be a tremendous #GivingTuesday success for Dress for Success, with almost 450 pairs of shoes donated through the organization’s nationwide network of affiliates dedicated to helping women reenter and progress in the workforce.  Having a complete outfit that a woman feels confident in is the key to making a good first impression in an interview setting and, therefore acquiring a new career, making the need for shoes ever-important to this organization.

“My dream has been to design a one-of-kind limited edition shoe for the holidays, and this year we finally made it happen,” said Fergie. “Because this is such a special design, I thought it only appropriate to share them as a gift with inspiring women across the country. The retail proceeds from this limited edition shoe are benefitting one of my favorite charities, Dress for Success.”

Fergie Footwear, owned by Brown Shoe Company, is known for fashion-forward footwear that captures the essence of the eight-time Grammy award-winning artist and style icon, Fergie Duhamel, who is not only a force in the music industry, but also a respected entrepreneur and committed philanthropist. Her debut solo album,
“The Dutchess,” spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top five singles, three of which went to number one.

The fire-engine red Palace heel is the latest in the Fergie Footwear line and this lively, limited-edition pump is perfect for the holiday party season.  In addition to awarding the top 10 #GivingShoesDay donors with a pair of Palace heels of their own, Fergie Footwear is also donating 40 percent of the proceeds from the sale of this shoe to Dress for Success Worldwide through the beginning of the New Year.

“Through her music, Fergie has always empowered women to be their strongest, most confident self and we love that she is continuing that same messaging through her footwear line, as well,” said Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide.  “Our partnership with Fergie Footwear provides an enticing incentive for women to give back on #GivingTuesday, but more importantly, it will also help Dress for Success get even more women back to work.”

“Interview-appropriate shoes and boots are always one of our biggest donation needs. We’re thrilled to participate in this national event and are continuously humbled by the generosity of our community,” said Barbara S. Ellsworth, Executive Director of Dress for Success Indianapolis.

To participate, women can simply bring their shoes to the boutique (820 N. Meridian Street) on Tuesday, December 3.

Send One Suit – Week 2013

Dress for Success Indianapolis is calling on women in the community to pass on their success by donating gently-used suits. The organization is sending out an S.O.S. to central Indiana residents to donate suits and blouses and make a financial contribution during the annual Send One Suit – Week, April 15 to April 19, 2013. For the seventh time, Classic Cleaners is supporting Send One Suit – Week by providing coupons to those who donate during this campaign.

SOS Week logoEach year Dress for Success Indianapolis issues an S.O.S. to all Indianapolis residents: Donate one new or nearly new business suit and blouse and give a financial donation to help a local woman enter the workforce.

The public can help by either donating gently used women’s suits and blouses at any Classic Cleaners store throughout the week or by making a financial donation to support the non-profit’s operations. All donations support the Dress for Success affiliate in Indianapolis. Classic Cleaners has a special offer for anyone who gives a suit, blouse, or financial donation at a registered private drive during S.O.S – Week. Every S.O.S. – Week donor will receive a coupon for $10 off a dry cleaning order of $20 or more. Businesses interested in hosting a S.O.S. – Week private drive should go here to sign up to host a drive.

Donated suits and blouses will be sent to Dress for Success Indianapolis boutique to be stocked in the organization’s boutique. Then they will be given to disadvantaged women through the Suits for Success program to help transform the way they look and feel about their upcoming interview. Each woman is referred to the Suits for Success program by one of over 90 Dress for Success Indianapolis’s partner referral agencies when she is job-ready and has an interview scheduled. Once hired, she is invited back to the boutique to select an outfit appropriate for her new position. With your donations, you make it possible for more clients to say things like, “I felt like the suit I chose was once worn by a very successful woman who had just passed on a bit of her success to me.”

The journey towards self-sufficiency does not end after the clients have received work apparel. Dress for Success Indianapolis also invites its clients to join the Professional Women’s Group, which meets monthly to provide post-employment support to women on their journey to self-sufficiency. The organization also provides every client with individualized career support through its Career Development Center.


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