Sweet Success Benefiting Dress for Success Billings

Dress for Success Billings is hosting its 9th annual Sweet Success fundraiser at The Double Tree Hotel in Billings, on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The event allows the local non-profit organization to share their mission and raise funds in order to continue making an impact in the lives of women in the Billings community.

The Sweet Success fundraising event will be emceed by Andrea Lutz with Q2 and Evelyn Shultz with KTVH in Helena.  Each ticket includes a lunch and a style show for women and men by Neecee’s, Cricket Clothing Co., South Harper, The Banyan Tree, Desmond’s, and Jason’s. There will be live entertainment provided by local band, Arterial Drive, a champagne raffle, silent auction, and a mystery bling station.  Attendees are encouraged to bring at least one tube of new mascara to donate for a chance to win a $150 Visa gift card. The fundraising event starts at 12:00pm (noon) and concludes at 3:00pm. Sweet Success tickets cost $60 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at www.dressforsuccessbillings.org/ss2019  or by calling (406) 256-7304. All funds raised from the event stay in the Billings community and assist the continued operations of the amazing organization.

Dress for Success Billings is supported entirely by the generous financial donations of individuals and organizations in the community, as well as grants. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Women come to Dress for Success Billings by referral only, from an ever-increasing number of non-profit agencies in Billings.  These include domestic violence and homeless shelters, pre-release centers, rehabilitation centers, job training centers, public assistance agencies, and churches. Dress for Success Billings has assisted nearly 7,400 women in the community since its inception in 2000.

Dress for Success Billings provides career mentoring services through their Career Center program.  Clients are assisted with writing a resume, interview skills, job searching, and can also partake in online certification courses.  Local business women volunteer to mentor clients who participate in the mentoring program, teaching them the skills to maintain and advance in their employment.  Professional development workshops are also offered along with computer classes, financial education, health and wellness such as yoga, and hobby classes.

Dress for Success Billings also provides interview and work appropriate clothing.  During the initial suiting, clients are able to select an interview outfit, as well as jewelry, makeup, shoes, and other accessories.  The client is also offered a complimentary haircut that has been donated from several area stylists. This entire experience gives clients the confidence to land their job. Once the client lands her job, she is allowed to return for an employment suiting, where she is provided several coordinating outfits appropriate for her occupation. After the client has been employed for 30 days, the client is invited back for a final suiting to reward her for maintaining employment. All donated clothing items are free to their clients. 

While Dress for Success Billings provides each client with professional attire to secure employment, they are much more than simply a new outfit. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, the programs furnish her with a confidence that she carries forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.

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