Dress for Success celebrates 800 lives transformed this year! - | WBTV Charlotte

Dress for Success celebrates 800 lives transformed this year!

(Photo courtesy Sue McLester) (Photo courtesy Sue McLester)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

It is remarkable how a network of support, professional attire, and the sharing of knowledge, can transform lives. Yesterday we celebrated the hundreds of women whose lives are touched by the amazing work of Dress for Success Charlotte.

The non-profit organization hosted its annual Ultimate Power Lunch and packed The Fillmore with hundreds of supporters. We also enjoyed a fashion show produced by Belk using some of the clients of Dress for Success as models, while sharing their incredible success stories.

For the last nine years I have been humbled to stand on the stage with women who have overcome such incredible obstacles and, with the help of the services from Dress for Success Charlotte, found and retained good jobs. One had gone from homeless to working a job and even being promoted! Another woman found her passion in a job where she is now working to help others in their efforts to find work.

We often think of DFS as a ‘suiting’ agency. But there is much more to their work to empower women then just getting them dressed for interviews. They work with clients on their interviewing skills, resume building, and so much more.

Dress for Success Charlotte has a motto, to empower, educate, and elevate women up and out of poverty and on a path of self-sufficiency. As DFS Charlotte points out, when women are financially stable, the entire family benefits.

Every year the organization recognizes a woman who has been critical in the advancement of women in our community. This year’s Paradigm Award went to Peggy Culbertson. Her lifelong friend, and last year’s Paradigm Award honoree, Mary Lou Babb, presented the award.

On receiving the Paradigm Award, Mrs. Culbertson said, “Oh how I wish my mother was here to see her youngest girl, her baby girl, being honored for helping women succeed. I know she would be so proud of this. And I am so grateful, thank you.”

As the Executive Director Kerry Barr O’Connor pointed out, Dress for Success Charlotte would not be able to positively change so many lives of women and their children without the generous donations and volunteer hours from the community.

If you are interested in learning more about Dress for Success Charlotte, click here.

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