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A GREAT IDEA: GIVE THE CLOTHES OFF YOUR BACK AND DONATE THEM TO THE CAREER WARDROBE, LIKE DONNA COGHLAN

A few weeks back (OK months as I had planned a tie in to their annual event which you will see below) Donna invited me over to watch her clean out her closet all in the name of donating the clothing she doesn’t wear anymore to the Career Wardrobe, one of our favorite charities. Donna invited a few friends over, just to ease the pain, plus it was an excuse to share some bubbly, snacks and gossip.
The Career Wardrobe is the nation’s largest community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting women in their transition to work by providing professional attire, networking and career skills trainingStarted by a group of Philadelphia volunteers in 1994, including my friend Abby Siegel. The Career Wardrobe has assisted over 50,000 women to date.
Assisting Donna is professional organizer Dana Persia. Dana Persia is the owner of DP ImageConsulting, a company specializing in individual and group image consulting. Her expertise includes makeup and grooming, etiquette and interpersonal communications, wardrobe analysis and personal shopping. Dana’s site is:www.dpimageconsulting.com.
Then it was onto the shoes. Not too many of them got out alive and into thedonation bin, because well girls love shoes. It was a Carrie Bradshaw wet dream.
Donna’s taste in shoes was so varied there were shoes in there that I wished I had had for Halloween 10 years ago when I was svelte and pretty.
But I still would have had to beat her one friend off of them as she got all the pretty pairs.
So remember when you do your Spring Cleaning, keep Career Wardrobe in mind, or the Salvation Army, or whatever is most convenient to help someone else in these difficult economic times.MARK YOUR CALENDARS, AND BUY TICKETS because on June 3, 2009 plan to attend The Career Wardrobe’s 8th annual fundraiser; A Perfect Fit. This years theme Recycle a Suit, Renew a Woman’s Life will feature your favorite female local news anchorwomen and media personalities including: Monique Braxton, Dawn Timmeney and Denise Nakano from NCB10; Sue Serio, Kerri-Lee Halkett, Nefertiti Jaquez, Dawn Stensland-Mendte and Michelle Buckman from Fox 29; Mary Stoker Smith from CBS3; and Eric Grow from 6ABC. These lovely ladies will be donating the clothes right off their backs. This extravaganza will showcase a fashion show, live music performed by someone I can’t praise enough, she is well worth the price of the ticket to this awesome event: singer/songwriter Karen Gross, opportunities to win some fabulous gifts, and a silent and live auction of celebrity signed handbags custom made locally by Viv Pickle Handbag Boutique. This year’s celebrity inspired and signed handbags include Steve Carrell from The Office, Sarah Jessica Parker, Harry Kalas – Phillies Announcer, Ron Howard, Melissa Etheridge, Bette Midler, and TR Knight and many others.
For tickets or corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities contact (215) 568-6693. A Perfect Fit will be held Wed., June 3 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Park Hyatt at the Bellevue. Check out http://www.careerwardrobe.org/2009_apf_info or Paige Wolf’s website for more info http://www.paigewolf.com/news.html