“We’re walking in celebration of women throughout the world and throughout Rhode Island who deserve a second chance,” said Terri Stone, board president of Dress for Success Rhode Island.
The event helps raise money and visibility for Dress for Success RI, the local affiliate of an international non-profit organization that connects underprivileged women with suits and self-sufficiency. The 2012 Power Walk is being held in more than 30 Dress for Success affiliate cities across the country and around the world. Elizabeth Ruiz of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” will emcee the local Power Walk a second year in a row, showing her support for this inspiring cause. Jillian Michaels of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” serves as the national spokesperson and stars in a national Public Service Announcement promoting the worldwide event.
To register for the Power Walk as an individual or a team, visit www.dressforsuccessri.org. Sponsorships are priced to fit all budgets and are currently available at the local level.
The Rhode Island affiliate of Dress for Success launched in 2010. Dress for Success RI holds monthly meetings and welcomes new volunteers to help disadvantaged women dress for success.
The Power Walk for Dress for Success was held in three countries and thirty-two cities in 2011. Dress for Success empowers women to make healthy choices in work and in life and The Power Walk for Dress for Success plays a crucial role in ensuring that women understand the importance of maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle. This 5k event promotes women’s health and wellness initiatives and also raises funds and visibility for Dress for Success.
The Power Walk for Dress for Success is a celebration of family, fitness, and financial independence. More than 60% of Dress for Success clients are single mothers, yet they power through obstacles, overcome extraordinary challenges and redefine possibilities for both themselves and their families.
Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help underprivileged women find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return for a second suit or separates when she finds work and joins the Professional Women’s Group, where she receives education, mentoring, and networking. Since 1997, Dress for Success has served more than 500,000 women around the world. Each year the organization reaches more than 45,000 women in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Mexico, Poland and the West Indies. All Dress for Success organizations are not-for-profit entities, with Dress for Success Worldwide and its U.S. affiliates having 501(c)(3) charitable status and those outside the U.S. operating as registered charities. Clothing donations and financial contributions made to Dress for Success affiliates within the U.S. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
About Dress for Success
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 100 cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the West Indies. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 500,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccessri.org for more information.
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