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Dress for Success SW Florida announces fashion designers for signature fundraiser Aug. 27

A recycled night through the decades

Dress for Success SW Florida has almost reached its goal of a sold-out event and has only 52 tickets available for its signature fundraiser, A REcycled Night Through the Decades, on Friday, Aug. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa in Bonita Springs.

A REcycled Night Through the Decades is a one-of-a-kind experience where 15 local designers showcase runway-ready ensembles crafted from bags of recycled clothing and accessories generously donated to Dress for Success SW Florida, which are deemed not quite workplace appropriate. This year’s fashion designers include some recognizable names: Sedona Scott, Yvonne Krystman, Nadezda Bembetova, Alanna Jaron, Barbara Snyderman, Evelyn Gannon, Brittany Flanigan, Faith Tenkley, Lexi Fischer, Anny Allen, Francielle Stiefelmann, Georgia Fullerton, Tricia Hennessy, Amanda and Nicholas Gavini and Meeghan Carroll.

The unique gala will feature hors d’oeuvres, champagne, a three-course seated dinner, silent and live auctions, a Buy It Now table of couture shoes, a cork pull featuring the finest wine and spirits, DJ and dancing along with a fashion show making marvelous out of the discarded, hosted by Alyssa Lemay, Southwest Florida’s popular female impersonator and fashion designer.

A panel of judges will select first, second and third place winners with the top designer taking home $650. Designers are competing for cash prizes and bragging rights, and the competition is in high gear as needles are threaded and fabric is cut. Returning first place winner, Sedona Scott, is hoping to secure another win with her design from the 1970s.

Money raised from the annual event will help support programs that are offered free to women in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties, Women Empowered Through Employment Series (WETES) for unemployed and underemployed women, Professional Women’s Group (PWG) for employed women and Entrepreneurial Spirit Program (E$P) for women that want to start their own business.

The event is sponsored by Stevens Construction, Home-Tech, Edison National Bank, Garramone Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Fifth Third Bank, Wayne Wiles Flooring, Waste Pro, FineMark National Bank and Trust, Dream Fit LLC, R.D. Johnson Construction Inc., The Elizabeth K Galeana Foundation, MidWestOne Bank, Card Systems, KDL Interior Design, What 2 Wear, Norris Furniture, The Q Laser and Med Spa, Stacey Adams with Alliance Financial Group, Synovus, and Gary Danis, INC.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Nickole Hendra at 239-689-4992 or visit swflorida.dressforsuccess.org.

About Dress for Success SW Florida

Dress for Success SW Florida is headquartered in Fort Myers, Florida and serves women in Lee, Collier and Hendry counties. The mission of Dress for Success SW Florida is to promote the independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support, and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. The nonprofit helps women achieve self-defined financial and professional success. Dress for Success SW Florida serves job-ready women by referral only. For more information, email sw.florida@dressforsuccess.org or call 239-689-4992. Dress for Success SW Florida is located at 12995 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 252, Fort Myers, FL 33907.

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