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Dress for Success presents red carpet evening Oct. 3

The metro Jackson chapter of Dress for Success Worldwide will present its “Little Black Dress with a Tie” gala and silence auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Art Garden, 380 Lamar St., Jackson.

The fall event is a key fundraiser for Dress for Success Metro Jackson, the state affiliate of Dress for Success Worldwide. The chapter has supported over 7,000 women on their journey toward financial independence by ‘suiting’ them in professional workplace attire and providing mentoring to help them prepare to return to the workplace with self-confidence and the support they need to succeed.

Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success Worldwide, will attend. Gordon was recently featured in the book Lean In by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg about women and their will to lead. The local chapter will also recognize community leaders and community organizations that help to advance the world for women and children.

The gala begins with a red carpet escort by the men of the ABA basketball team the Jackson Showboats. With art as the backdrop indoors and out, the event will be emceed by Jackson personalities Jeff Good and Maggie Wade. Jessie Primer will provide classic music selections by Jessie Primer.

A silent auction will be available for early holiday shopping.

To be honored at the red carpet event are two winners of the annual Woman of Strength Award. Honoree Dr. Hannah Gay, is a University of Mississippi Medical Center pediatrician who has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world for functionally curing a child of HIV. Honoree Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, president of Tougaloo College, has founded programs to help the mentally impaired, battered women, welfare recipients, and the homeless. She had developed policy around many national issues including a white paper on HIV in the Workplace.

The 2013 Community Leadership Award will go to Operation Shoestring, known for its leadership in children’s after-school/summer academic programs, youth empowerment and family skill-building work to build better communities.

Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. (Details: 601.985.9888 or  jackson@dressforsuccess.org)



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