Fundraiser Helps Women Enter Workforce

DRESSING FOR SUCCESS: Crystal Helam, middle, stands with Ronda Adkisson, left, Dress for Success executive director, and Pat Simmons, board chair. Helam’s outfit comes from Dress for Success, a nonprofit organization that provides business appropriate clothing in an effort to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women.

Dress for Success Tulsa, 1109 S. Peoria, will hold its annual fashion show and auction, “Step Up To Success,” Oct. 4 at Greenwood Cultural Center, 322 North Greenwood.

The Mission of Dress for Success Tulsa is to promote 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 more than 125 nonprofit and government organizations, shelters, colleges, and technical institutes. Dress for Success Tulsa has extended its services to more than 10,000 women since its inception in 2001.

Doors for the event will open at 6:30 p.m. This year’s theme is The Great Gatsby, and patrons are encouraged to come dressed in period attire or business dressy.

The event will include dinner and a live and silent auction. There will be packages from spas, golf courses, sports and entertainment outlets, hotels, and restaurants.

Packages expected to be especially popular are cooking classes compliments of Executive Chef Matt Louviere, golf packages from Meadowbrook and Page Belcher, a Forest Ridge Golf Course brunch, a basket from Ree Drummond, items from Moody’s Jewelry and a Day of Beauty package, courtesy of Miss Jackson’s Penthouse Salon.

Men and women representing Tulsa-area businesses will model clothes and accessories from Dillard’s. Hair styling will be done by Kim Freeman with Ihloff Salon and makeup by Belk Lancôme.

Updated 10-01-2013

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