FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 9, 2008

Media Contact:
Michelle D. Bowen
518-463-3175 x101
mbowen@acoi.com

Premiere Event Celebrates the Successes and Milestones of Suiting Women in Need
Dress for Success Albany Holds its 1st Annual Fashion Show and Benefit in Recognition of its First Year Serving the Capital District

Albany, NY – September 9, 2008 – The New York State Museum Terrace will light up on Friday evening, September 19, 6:00 pm, when Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) presents, “Dressed to Thrill,” an inspiring night of fashion and festivities to benefit Dress for Success Albany, a non-profit program which promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women.

The event’s distinctive design will allow models to strut their stuff in a ‘free floating’ fashion show format. “The idea is for our guests to enjoy an evening that is informative and interactive,” said Dress for Success Albany’s Advisory Board President, Lola Harder. “This kind of meet and greet setting will allow our guests to be an integral part of this worthy event.”

Models will be showing clothes from Fancy Schmancy, a unique women’s boutique in Guilderland, NY. There will also be a silent auction which will feature items generously donated by regional businesses, including several spa treatments, a wine-tasting for 20, a romantic weekend at the Mirror Lake Inn, and a 6-night family stay in Orlando, Florida.

Tickets, $50 individual/$80 couple, are available for purchase in advance or at the door. Gourmet specialty hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Classé Catering, complimentary champagne and a cash bar will be provided. Liz Bishop from WRGB, Channel 6 News will give the welcoming remarks. For more information, contact Michelle Bowen at 518-463-3175/mbowen@acoi.com.

Dress for Success Albany is the only affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide in the region. Dress for Success Albany has suited over 40 women to date, a significant milestone in the affiliate’s first year of providing professional clothing and career development services to local women in need. “Since opening our doors in October 2007, we have been dedicated to serving the women of our community as they find employment and transition to self-sufficiency,” stated Kathleen Cloutier, ACAP’s Executive Director. “Each suit we give represents the beginning of a personal success story, and we are thrilled to have helped so many women in our area achieve their dreams.”

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization of dedicated individuals, acting in partnership with the community to enhance the quality of life in Albany County by empowering individuals, children, and families to achieve economic self-sufficiency and social well-being. ACAP currently runs the following programs in Albany County: Head Start, Early Learning Center, Universal Pre-K, Dress for Success, Weatherization Assistance Program, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Working Families Food Stamp Initiative, Cohoes Food Pantry, Children’s Center at Family Court, CareerLinks Employment Services, and the Family Development Credentialing program. Visit www.albanycap.org to learn more.

About Dress for Success® Worldwide
Dress for Success Worldwide is 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. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 85 cities in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 400,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.

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