Clothes That Work Announces First Annual Men at Work Winners
Organization Concludes Campaign Exceeding Goal to Support Job Seekers
Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Dayton, OH – Clothes That Work brought Men at Work, their new spring fundraiser, to a successful close this evening with an awards ceremony to recognize the winners of the campaign.
Men at Work was created to not only raise necessary funding for the organization but also to raise awareness of the organization’s programs and services that are available to both male and female job seekers. Sponsored by Wright State University Foundation, Premier Health, and Vectren, the event attracted more than 50 men who competed for the title of “Best Dressed Man” in Dayton through an online voting competition. For a $5 donation, anyone could cast a vote for their favorite “Role Model,” and the community was encouraged to vote as many times as possible.
Men at Work launched on Thursday, June 4 with a kickoff party in the Donor Lounge at the Schuster Center. For three weeks, the Role Models were showcased in different themes, displaying their Outfits of Empowerment, Shoes of Empowerment, and Accessories of Empowerment. Voting closed at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26 with more than 1,800 votes being cast from donors throughout the county.
Clothes That Work presented awards to those Role Models who secured the most votes during each themed week. An award was also given for the top Individual competitor and the top Team competitor. The 2015 winners are:
- Outfit of Empowerment: Dr. Sylvain Trepanier, Premier Health
- Shoes of Empowerment: Dr. David Hopkins, Wright State University
- Accessory of Empowerment: Troy Erbes, Danis Construction
- Best Dressed Team: Premier Health’s “A Team” – Bukari Miles, Adrian Taylor, Dr. Sylvain Trepanier, and Michael Uhl
- Best Dressed Man: Michael Roediger, The Dayton Art Institute
“We’re thrilled to see so many different men in our community working to raise awareness and money for our organization,” said Paula Cosby, Executive Director for Clothes That Work. “We hope that their different life stories and experiences will inspire local job seekers to achieve their own employment goals.”
Men at Work replaced 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 time, approximately 90 percent 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.
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. Additionally, the organization conducts seminars, gives interviewing tips, and coaches on exhibiting appropriate professional behavior. Visit www.ClothesThatWork.org or call 937.222.3778 to make a financial donation, learn about volunteer opportunities, or find a location to drop off donations of clothing.
Bill Perry, Marketing & Communications Manager