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Cocktails for a Cause … Designing the Future

Supporting Women’s Empowerment Programs

Lawrenceville, NJ, August 28, 2016 --( On November 10th, Dress for Success Mercer County (DFSMC) will hold its annual Cocktails for a Cause fundraiser at Greenacres Country Club from 6:00-8:30 pm. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness and funds for the services and programs provided by DFSMC. Each year, nearly 1,000 women in the Greater Mercer County area benefit from DFSMC. Whether it’s acquiring a suit for an interview or learning valuable skills to enhance employability, DFSMC is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty and improving the lives of disadvantaged women and their families.

This year’s event, Designing the Future, promises an evening of friendship and inspiration. Featured honoree is Dr. Jianping Wang, President of Mercer County Community College. Dr. Wang will enlighten those in attendance with the story of her journey of being an unwanted girl in China to becoming a progressive educational leader in America. Her story embodies the essence of DFSMC. All of the women who are served by DFSMC have fallen on difficult times and are looking for a way to improve their circumstance. Stories like Dr. Wang’s show that there is hope for a better future. Says, Wang, “What defines you is not how or why you fell on hard times, but how you get up and move forward from there.”

In addition to Dr. Wang, women who have benefited from DFSMC services will share their inspiring stories which often include overcoming homelessness and abuse. As a result of the support of DFSMC, these women have now secured steady employment and financial stability.

Additional honorees for the evening include Hamilton Jewelers and PNC Bank. Through event support and auction donations, Hamilton Jewelers has been a longtime supporter of DFSMC. PNC Bank, known for its support of women in business, has provided financial support as well as mentoring support to DFSMC. Employees from PNC are scheduled to present at DFSMC’s Financial Literacy Program.

According to Melissa Tenzer, Executive Director of Dress for Success Mercer County, “Our community collaborations are at the core of Dress for Success Mercer’s vision. We together, with our local colleges, businesses, banks and retailers can impact our community and the women we serve more effectively.”

Dress for Success core programs include Image Enhancement, Career Center Services, Professional Women’s Group and Going Places Network. This past year, DFSMC has added several critical programs including its Financial Literacy Program, Customer Service Excellence Program and Latina Empowerment Initiative. One of the more unique features of DFSMC’s Programs is its mobile delivery model. All of the programs which are offered at DFSMC’s location in Lawrenceville can also be delivered via its mobile delivery model. DFSMC has the ability to provide its programs directly in the communities where they are needed most.

Individual tickets for Cocktails for a Cause are $125. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To register visit or call (609) 896-4112.

About Dress for Success Mercer County
Dress for Success Mercer County is dedicated to empowering 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. The organization provides job readiness, educational, career mentoring and image enhancement programs that support clients through every stage of their employment journey – from pre-employment needs to professional development. Since it opened its doors in 2007, Dress for Success Mercer County has served nearly 4,000 women and girls in the greater Mercer County region.

Dress for Success Mercer County’s core programs - Career Center, Image Enhancement Program, Going Places Network and Professional Women’s Group – provide motivated, job-ready women with a competitive edge in securing jobs, in remaining employed and ultimately becoming contributors to their community. In addition, DFSMC has launched additional programs in 2016 - Latina Empowerment Initiative, Financial Literacy and Customer Service Excellence. Dress for Success Mercer County’s clients are referred to the organization by over 100 regional social service agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions with which it collaborates closely to serve Mercer County women and girls.
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Dress for Success Mercer County
Aileen Kornblatt
Melissa Tenzer

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