2018 Spring Fundraiser Sets New Record

AJ Kessler Named Ambassador of the Year

Thursday, May 24, 2018, Dayton, OH – Clothes That Work revealed the results of their 2018 Men at Work campaign at a special awards party at the Job Center on Wednesday, May 23 and named AJ Kessler of CareSource as their Ambassador of the Year.

This year’s event featured 24 local businessmen and community leaders who campaigned for votes to be crowned Clothes That Work’s Ambassador of the Year. Each vote could be purchased with a $5 donation to Clothes That Work, and people were encouraged to vote for their favorites as many times as possible. The men engaged in three weeks of themed competitions, and then their results were tallied to determine who was the overall winner.

Collectively, they secured 3,676 votes, and when combined with sponsorships and special event revenue, they raised more than $37,000 to support Clothes That Work’s programs and services – more than $10,000 over last year’s results. AJ Kessler of CareSource took home top honors by securing 635 votes and personally raising more than $3,100 for the organization.

“I am beyond thrilled to be named the 2018 Clothes That Work Ambassador of the Year,” said Kessler after the event. “The last three weeks have been an incredible ride, and I am grateful to have been provided the opportunity to tap into kindness on behalf of the hardworking individuals served by Clothes That Work. The generosity that was shown to all the Men at Work was truly inspirational. Though the campaign is over, the need persists, and our community must continue to advocate for underserved people until opportunities and resources are equally accessible to everyone.”

Additional awards were given to the weekly themed competition winners. Brent Johnson from Square One Salon and Spa received the “First Impressions Award”; Josh Schierloh from Sebaly Shillito + Dyer received the “Workplace Image Award”; and Ken DeMange from Midmark received the “Casually Cool Award.”

“I could not be prouder of our staff, our volunteers, and the men who volunteered their time to participate in this event,” said Kitty Lensman, COO of ThinkTV and the current President of the Board for Clothes That Work. “This campaign was a great way to raise awareness and revenue for our organization while having a whole lot of fun. To have votes from 47 states shows the level of commitment these guys made to help Clothes That Work! And we can’t thank them enough.”

This is the fourth year that Clothes That Work has held its Men at Work campaign. Collectively, Men at Work has generated more than $100,000 to support the organization’s programs and services. The 2018 Men at Work campaign is proudly presented by the Wright State University Foundation, with additional support from ACCO Brands, Dayton Power & Light, PSA Airlines, Sebaly Shillito + Dyer, Synchrony Financial and Vectren.


About Clothes That Work:

Clothes That Work is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local job seekers secure gainful employment by providing interview appropriate clothing and personalized, confidence building image services. Additionally, the organization conducts educational workshops, gives interviewing tips, and coaches on exhibiting appropriate professional behavior to meet employers’ expectations. Call 937.222.3778 or visit www.ClothesThatWork.org to make a financial donation, learn about volunteer opportunities, sign up for a workshop, or find a location to drop off donations of clothing.

Media Contact:
Bill Perry, Marketing & Communications Manager
937.222.3778 x150