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Dress for Success New Orleans Presents 1st Annual Fashion Gala

Category: Community Events

Start: Nov 04, 2017 8:00 PM

End: Nov 04, 2017 11:00 PM

Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA

Dress for Success New Orleans Presents 1st Annual Fashion Gala
“A Salute to Coco Chanel: The First Feminist of Fashion”
Saturday, November 4th
Generations Hall
Patron Party 7-8pm
Gala 8pm
First-ever event features Chanel-inspired mannequin exhibition, fabulous Vintage Chanel necklace raffle, live music and fashion of course!

(New Orleans LA – October 18, 2017) - Dress for Success New Orleans will hold its 1st annual Fashion Gala & Fundraiser at Generations Hall on Saturday November 4, to benefit the organization’s programs of promoting economic independence of women in the community.

This year’s event will feature an exhibition of mannequin displays celebrating the iconic styles of Coco Chanel from the top local fashion boutiques and designers. During the evening, guests will be treated to music for dancing from The Jenn Howard Band, a raffle of a $2,400 Vintage Chanel necklace courtesy of Vintage 329, a jewelry pull from Porter Lyons, and a silent auction of fabulous items including original art, staycations, jewelry and Christian Louboutin heels to name a few. Proceeds from the 2017 Gala will help Dress for Success meet its goal of suiting 425 women in 2017.

“When you look better, you feel better about yourself,” said Meaghan Ryan Bonavita, President of the New Orleans local chapter. “The power of clothing to make the wearer feel confident and proud in her job role can change the trajectory of her day as well as her mood. We see this all the time at Dress for Success New Orleans. And change is what Dress for Success offers to our clients--helping women in transition, promoting economic independence. And it all starts with a suit. We are so excited about our inaugural Fashion Gala! It will be a special and uniquely fun-filled and fashionable evening to celebrate not only the world of timeless Chanel couture but also our client’s successes.” she added.

The fundraiser brings together men and women from the New Orleans community and beyond to celebrate and support the organization’s mission of empowering women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.

Clients are invited to attend the Professional Women’s Group, a monthly program which addresses Financial Literacy, Work/Life Balance and Health/Wellness and other important topics. Clients also receive enhanced services including resume writing, interview training and access to the Career Center. In 2016 Dress for Success served over 380 unique women through its continuum of services.

“The work that Dress for Success New Orleans does not only impacts the women that we serve, but also their families and the community,” said Bonavita. “When a woman gets a job and becomes financially independent, she can provide for her family and she sets a positive example for her children.  Our clients come from every walk of life, every ethnicity and education level.  They all have one thing in common: they want to do better.  Dress for Success New Orleans provides that network
of support to help them achieve their goals.  Our 2017 goal is to serve 425 unique women in the Greater New Orleans area.   We offer a hand up, not a hand out. “

Event Program:

Emcee Miss Kookie Baker, one of New Orleans’ favorite Drag Queens

Honorary Chairs Jennifer Hale and Tamica Lee
Chairs Shannon Brice, Laura Buchtel, Kea Sherman

7pm Doors open for the Patron Party. Patrons will be treated to culinary treats by Jason Goodenough of Carrollton Market. The Jenn Howard Band will also provide patrons with fantastic live music.

8pm Gala attendees are welcome to join in the fun enjoying food from local restaurants such as Ancora, Candace's Cake Balls, Cane & Table, Chez Nous, Coquette, High Hat Cafe, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Rachel Stickney, The Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta New Orleans, Vincent's and more.  

Featured Designers and Boutiques:
A.L.G. Style, Amanda Talley, Century Girl, Elle Boutique, Em's Boutique, Joseph, Maiya, Mirabella, Rosé Boutique, Second Act, W by Worth courtesy of Carolyn Fitzpatrick, West London Boutique and more...

Silent Auction Highlights:
Spa services, hotel stays, restaurant gift cards, home décor, apparel, jewelry and designer shoes.

Ticket Information:
$85 individual Coco ticket; $150 Patron Sponsor; $275 Patron Pair Sponsor:
$500 No.5 Sponsor: $1250 Mademoiselle Sponsor

For Tickets/Sponsorships/Silent Auction Bidding/Raffle Purchases go to: for all event information, tickets, raffle and
silent auction bidding or Visit us at
Major Sponsors (partial list): Presenting Sponsor Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust, Saint Charles Avenue Magazine, Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Trust and others…

Dress for Success New Orleans’ boutique – Located at 6117 Magazine Street on the RTA Bus Line, Dress for Success New Orleans is accessible to the community for both client suiting and volunteers,
as well as clothing donations. For more information visit or call 504.891.4337.

About Dress for Success  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. Since starting operations in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 150 cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the West Indies.  To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 1 million women work towards self-sufficiency.
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