October 14, 2009

Media Contact:
Michelle D. Bowen
518-463-3175 x101

Local Business Owner Enjoys a Win-Win-Win with Dress for Success Albany

Albany, NY - October 14, 2009 - Tanya, an Albany resident and mother of four, had been out of work for over four years and didn't know who to turn to for help. When a hopeful job prospect came her way, a local agency referred Tanya to Dress for Success Albany where she was stunned at the lengths to which the program staff and volunteers went to help her prepare for the interview. From a fashionable suit to interview skills and professional training, Dress for Success Albany equipped Tanya with the resources she needed to land an administrative position at a local transportation company.

This success story, like many others, was achieved with the continued support of the individual donors and corporate partners who have stayed committed to the Dress for Success Albany program since its inception two years ago at the Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP). One such corporate partner is California Closets. Joy Rafferty, owner of the local California Closets franchise in Latham, NY, started the 1st Annual California Closet Suit Drive benefiting Dress for Success Albany last year and will be hosting this year’s event on November 2nd - 7th.

“This will be the second time we are hosting a Suit Drive for Dress for Success Albany,” stated Ms. Rafferty.  “I believe strongly in trying to use my business to help the greater good whenever possible.  I reached out to Dress for Success Albany a couple of years ago because it seemed like a wonderful fit.  As a female business owner, the prospect of helping other women to try and enter the workforce and become self-sufficient was something that appealed to me.  Many of the customers we design closets for are cleaning out their wardrobes and have nice clothing they can’t use anymore.  They would really like to give to the right organization, so I am able to provide a place to do that with the week-long suit drive we will hold in our showroom.”

Last year’s California Closet Suit Drive provided several Dress for Success Albany clients, like Tanya, with suits and separates for their new careers – making the event a win-win-win for California Closets, the program, and, especially, Dress for Success clients.

The 2nd Annual California Closets Suit Drive benefiting Dress for Success Albany will be held November 2nd – Nov 7th. You can participate by dropping of gently used and clean women's business suits and separates to the local California Closets store. Anyone who brings a donation to the California Closet showroom that week gets a chance to enter a raffle for a $500 California Closets gift certificate.

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. In addition to Dress for Success Albany, ACAP currently runs 14 programs and services in 17 locations around Albany County. Visit 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 90 cities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the UK. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 500,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit to learn more.

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