A Night Out
More than 250 of Houston’s top professional women and members of Dress for Success Houston’s (DFSH) Corporate Guild gathered at the River Oaks Country Club on November 14th for the 18th annual A Night Out. Supporters generated over $135,000 to advance the agency’s mission of empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
Emcee Courtney Zavala, KPRC2 Houston Life Host, took the stage and began an inspirational and lively program with Leanne Schneider, 2020 Corporate Guild President, Director of Community Relations of Reliant an NRG Company, and Executive Director of Reliant Charitable Foundation. Lauren Levicki Courville, President of Dress for Success Houston, presented moving highlights about the resources provided to the women and the impact of the programs provided at the agency.
The first of two fashion shows featured seven DFSH clients walking the runway as Zavala shared their inspiring success stories. After an exciting game of “Heads or Tails” with a grand prize of a stunning Diamond and Gold Necklace and Earrings donated by Chopard, the second fashion show of the evening began. The latest styles from Elizabeth Anthony were modeled by Theresa Bazan of Comerica Bank, Jennifer Briscoe of Hiring Source, Becky Bucek of Christian Brothers Automotive Corporation, Crystal Embury of Reliant, an NRG Company, Brooke Foster of Marathon Oil Corporation, Amanda Johansen of SAP, Susan Oehl of Jenkins & Kamin, LLP, and Laurie-Leigh White of BVA Group.
Since its inception, A Night Out has raised over $1,600,000 for the agency. Proceeds will allow Dress for Success Houston to continue to provide a continuum of services to underserved women in our community. In addition to providing professional attire, its programs have expanded to include added career development tools and workshops to help women thrive in their jobs and lives. As a result, of the 3,500 women who have been suited to date in 2019, an astounding 55 percent have landed jobs. Funds raised from this event will help Dress for Success Houston reach its goal of providing more than 18,500 units of service to 3,750 Houston-area women this year.