Dress for Success Louisville Kicks Off Derby Season With Annual Fundraiser

Dress for Success Louisville (DFSL), a workforce development and career suiting organization, will hosts its annual fundraiser – Gals and Guys, Hats & Ties – on Thursday, March 12, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. in the Turf Club at historic Churchill Downs.  This year’s event will be emceed by WLKY personality, Vicki Dortch and feature stylish Oak and Derby fashions from some of the area’s hottest boutiques and hat milliners.  Designers include Gabriel L’Amar for Frank Olive, Dennis Tapp, Christine A. Moore, Vineyard Vines, Rodes for Her and many others.

Honorary co-chairs and DFS board members, Julia Carstanjen and Dana Johnson, are excited about this year’s event.  “Churchill Downs is proud to once again host the annual Gals and Guys, Hats & Ties event,” says Dana Johnson, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility for Churchill Downs.  “Dress for Success plays a significant role in this community and serves an ever growing population of disadvantaged women who benefit from its support and services,” says Julia Carstanjen, community philanthropist.  These services help the clients of DFS transition into the workforce and build thriving careers that prosper families. “I’m especially happy to play a part in making this event one of the premier pre-Derby events for our city,” adds Carstanjen.  Betty Fox, executive director for DFS is thrilled with the partnership.  “Julia, Dana and all of Churchill Downs have been a constant and most valuable champion of Dress for Success,” adds Fox.

GG_websiteThis year’s event will feature a VIP reception with an open bar cocktail party, a signature Derby drink, a designer swag bag and a raffle to win two (2) tickets to the 2015 Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with seats in the newest section of Churchill Downs – the Grandstand Terrace.  The silent auction will feature new and “nearly new” premier designer hats and fascinators, and neckties.  Sponsors include Churchill Downs, Boutique Serendipity, Glasscock, Heyman Talent, J. Michael’s Spa and Salon, NAC, Sunny Daize, Rodeo Drive, The Voice Tribune, and more. Local fashion consultant, Jo Ross, will share hat tips and music will be crafted by DJ Jaybird.

VIP tickets are $150 each, or 2 for $250.  General admission tickets are $50 each in advance and $65 the day of the event and include a cocktail reception with wine, beer and hearty hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased on-line at www.dfslouevents.org, or by calling Dress for Success at 502.584.8050. VT

About Dress for Success Louisville

Dress for Success Louisville is an affiliate of 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.  Dress for Success Louisville helps struggling women get the confidence they need to get back on their feet by providing them with professional attire and career tools they need to succeed at work and life.