New Fundraising Event Aims to Inspire Local Job Seekers
Wednesday, May 27, 2015, Dayton, OH – Next month, Clothes That Work will launch Men at Work, a new event that will celebrate the many men in our community who contribute to the success and enrichment of the Dayton region.
Men at Work will feature more than three dozen local men from a diverse selection of backgrounds, ages, and industries who will compete for the title of “Best Dressed Man” in Dayton. On Friday, June 5, 2015, people can visit www.ClothesThatWork.org to read the stories of these competing Role Models and support their favorite men by making a $5 donation for every vote they cast. Clothes That Work wants all job seekers to fulfill their employment goals and dreams, and the staff and volunteers hope that the Role Models’ stories will inspire others to seek a better future for themselves and their families.
The month-long event is sponsored by the Wright State University Foundation, Premier Health, and Vectren. Men at Work will kick off with a special party on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 5:30pm in the Donor Lounge at the Schuster Center. The identities of the Role Models will be revealed that evening, and the men will have the opportunity to campaign for votes during the party. Tickets are currently being sold for $25 each at www.ClothesThatWork.org, which includes appetizers, one drink ticket, free parking in the Arts Garage, and one free vote for the competing Role Models.
Men at Work will conclude with an awards ceremony and celebration on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 5:30pm at the Job Center. The votes will be tallied, and the Role Model who has raised the most money for Clothes That Work will be crowned the “Best Dressed Man” in Dayton.
Men at Work replaces Hunks in Heels, an annual spring fundraiser that was retired in 2014. Hunks in Heels was incepted as “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” in 2007 as a way local men could honor the women in their lives and appreciate their ability to balance their work and home lives. At that point in time, approximately 90% of the clients at Clothes That Work were female; currently, the organization is serving an equal amount of men and women. This change to a more diverse and inclusive client base prompted the call to change the event.
Now that Clothes That Work serves just as many men on an annual basis as it does women, the decision was made to retire the event and replace it with something more mission-focused. “We had a lot of fun with Hunks in Heels over the years,” said Executive Director Paula Cosby, “but with half of our clients being men, we felt it was time to create a new event that more effectively spoke to our mission, programs, and services.”
About Clothes That Work:
Clothes That Work is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local job seekers secure gainful employment by providing clients with interview appropriate clothing and personalized confidence building image services. In addition to providing interview appropriate clothing and training on how to dress for work, the organization also conducts seminars, gives interviewing tips, and coaches on exhibiting appropriate professional behavior. Call 937.222.3778 or visit www.ClothesThatWork.org to make a financial donation, learn about volunteer opportunities, or find a location to drop off donations of clothing.
Bill Perry, Marketing & Communications Manager