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Dress For Success® Celebrates S.O.S -- Send One Suit -- Week™ March 14-20, 2004

Published 01-30-04

Submitted by Dress for Success

NEW YORK - Dress for Success is sending an urgent S.O.S. to women nationwide: donate one new or nearly new interview suit during the week of March 14-20th and help a low-income woman enter the workforce. "A donation of just one suit can empower a woman struggling in a low-income situation to start a new life of self-sufficiency and success," said Joi Gordon, Executive Director of Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts and career development to women in need.

S.O.S. -- Send One Suit -- Week coincides with Women's History Month and features promotions to raise awareness and funds for Dress for Success affiliates in the U.S. and abroad. dressbarn, one of America's premier specialty retailers of women's career and casual fashions is the national drop-off site for S.O.S Week. With almost 800 stores, dressbarn will offer special rewards for anyone who brings in their donations of a new or nearly new interview appropriate suit during March 14-20th, 2004.

This is the 8th year for this call-to-action campaign, formerly known as "Clean Your Closet Week(R)." The new focus on "sending one suit" symbolizes the organization's need to collect only garments appropriate for job interviews. The suit donation represents just the first step towards self-sufficiency, according to Ms. Gordon. Once a woman is employed, she receives ongoing career development from The Professional Women's Group, Dress for Success' nationally recognized employment retention program.

About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that assists low-income women transitioning from unemployment to self-sufficiency. Since being founded in 1996, Dress for Success has expanded to 79 affiliates throughout the U.S. Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand. Women are referred by a diverse group of non-profit organizations, including social services agencies, domestic violence shelters and employment training programs. For more information about Dress for Success and S.O.S. Week, visit http://www.dressforsuccess.org.
Dress for Success and Send One Suit Week are registered trademarks owned by Dress for Success Worldwide.

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