Dress for Success to Hold October Fundraiser

PROMOTING INDEPENDENCE: From left, Mollie Collins, Dress for Success board president;, Ronda Adkisson, executive director; Kathy Skorvaga, vice president; and Martha Lowe, program coordinator, stand in the offices of Dress for Success in promotion of its annual fundraiser, to be held Oct. 10.

Dress for Success Tulsa will hold its annual fashion show and auction, “Step Up to Success,” on Oct. 10.

The event will take place at Sky Loft at 1st Place Tower, 15 E. 5th St., in downtown Tulsa. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The evening will begin with a silent auction, cocktails and dinner prepared by Chef Mark Michalski and from Tulsa-area restaurants. This year, the event is themed a Black & White party; patrons are invited to dress in business dressy attire and in line with the theme.

Chera Kimiko, anchor from -Tulsa CW, will be the evening’s emcee.

Executive men and women representing Tulsa-area businesses will be modeling the latest fashions and accessories from Dillard’s in Woodland Hills Mall, hair styling by Kim Freeman with Ihloff Salon and makeup artistry courtesy of Belk Lancôme.

Cindy Morrison, founder of Socialvention, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Morrison is an Emmy-winning TV journalist that teaches everyone from Reality TV Stars to corporate s how to strategically use social media to build brand loyalty, raving fans and their bottom line. Morrison is currently part of a social media team for Entertainment Tonight and her social media savvy has been highlighted nationally on News, CBS’s “The Talk”, The Washington Post, The New York Post and The Huffington Post. After a 20-year TV news career, she has helped create social media buzz at events from star-studded Hollywood fundraisers and red carpet events to national conferences and reality shows. For more information about Socialvention, visit www.socialvention.com.

The live and silent auction items will include a variety of packages representing spas, golf courses, sports and entertainment, hotels and restaurants, such as packages from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Kristal Limo, the Oklahoma City Thunder, Xtreme Xperience at Hallet Motor Speedway, golf packages from Meadowbrook and Page Belcher, a basket of goodies from Ree Drummond, the Renaissance Hotel and Moody’s Jewelry.

Proceeds from the event benefit Dress for Success Tulsa, with its mission of promoting the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional business attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Women are referred to Dress for Success Tulsa by a continually expanding array of over 130 nonprofits, shelters, and government, college and technical institutes and are never charged for the services provided. Since its beginnings in 2001, the organization has grown its services to affect more than 10,000 women.

Fashion Show Models for this year include: Joe Bartee- Avis/Budget Group; Heather Canales- Walmart Stores, Inc.; Dyan Condry- Sundance Office Supply; Mike Curtis- Bank of Oklahoma; Mike Goodman- Goodman Construction; Sarah McCormick- American Heritage Bank; Ryan McDaniel- Commerce Bank; Bonnie McMains- ONEOK; Karl Neumaier- Hilti, and Chelsea Sayer- Allure Medical Day Spa.

Corporate Sponsors for the 2014 event include: Simmons Homes, Executives Title & Escrow, Switchgear Recruiting, Avis/Budget Group, Reddy Pipe, The -Swift Team, American Heritage Bank, Goodman Construction, Verizon Wireless and Walmart Stores, Inc.

Tax-deductible table sponsorships are available at $2,000, $1,500 and $1,250 levels. Individual tickets are $75 per person. Those interested in becoming an event sponsor, donating auction items, food or florals for the event, or want additional information regarding Dress for Success Tulsa, should contact Ronda Adkisson, executive director, at 918.599.8892 or email Tulsa@dressforsuccess.org.

Updated 10-09-2014

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