“I’m incredibly honored to be able to share my story as an example that with perseverance and determination anything is possible”, says Bates. “I continue to be humbled by the opportunity to serve others through my business.”
Since 1999 the Barbara Bates Foundation has provided custom prom attire for high school students whose circumstances might otherwise preclude them from attending their prom. The Foundation has discovered that the donation of a designer gown or tuxedo can go a long way in encouraging teens to want to “really be somebody” and set goals for themselves. The Foundation seeks to empower underprivileged teens to rise above their circumstances and become successful individuals in their chosen field of study. Upon graduation, 80 percent of the Foundation’s participants go on to further their education at two- and four-year college institutions. In 2012, the Foundation also began to focus on Breast Cancer awareness and education and hosted their first fundraiser “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” which resulted in $50,000 being donated to breast cancer awareness.
Who: The Barbara Bates Foundation
What: “An Intimate Conversation with Fashion Icon Barbara Bates
When: Saturday, February 23rd
Interview conducted by Fox Chicago’s Robin Robinson
Where: ICE Theater
3330 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago
Why: To fund the creation of custom prom attire for 20 Chicago area high school students.
ABOUT THE BARBARA BATES FOUNDATION
Founded in 1999, the Barbara Bates Foundation is a philanthropic organization with two missions:
· Raise funds for educating African American and Latino women on the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
· Recognize inner-city high school students who excel despite difficult circumstances by donating to them custom prom attire and formal wear.
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