Photo Credit: Drew Altizer Photography
The evening of June 22nd was an empowering affair, as Dress for Success San Francisco hosted their 11th Annual gala at the Intercontinental Hotel. The annual event aims to advance Bay Area women in the workforce by providing professional attire and career development services, helping them to achieve success in the workplace and in life.
Hosted by KRON-4 anchorwoman Vicki Liviakis, the evening kicked-off with a cocktail hour and food tastings by some of the Bay Area’s most celebrated female chefs, including Sharon Nahm of E&O Kitchen & Bar, Trish Tracey of Myriad Gastropub, Patti Dellamonica of One Market Restaurant and Kimberly Bulger of Scala’s Bistro. Guests noshed on appetizers and sipped wine and signature cocktails by Square One Organic Vodka, while bidding on silent auction items featuring offerings from some of the Bay Areas most celebrated restaurants, day spas and performing arts experiences.
The evening’s dinner program kicked-off with a runway fashion show styled by the beauty experts of Benefit Cosmetics and Beauty Brigade and featured looks by retail giant Talbots and by JAKE of Project Runway fame. Models included a mix of volunteers and supporters of the organization, as well as current and former Dress for Success clients.
Following the fashion show, guests were treated to powerful speeches by a host of inspiring and accomplished presenters, including Marne Levine, the evening’s keynote speaker and the current COO of Instagram, Carolyn Wente, the CEO of Livermore’s Wente Vinyards, and Rosie Rios, who currently serves as the 43rd Treasurer of the United States. In addition to discussing the recent announcement that the United States’ next currency collection would feature prominent women, Rios also opened up bout her experience growing up in the Bay Area as one of nine children raised by a single mother. Each of the women detailed their own personal and inspirational stories of achieving success in traditionally male dominated industries and emphasized the importance of female comradery, philanthropy and support.
The evening was a true celebration of women helping women, effectively raising a record $100,000 to support Dress for Success San Francisco’s career programs, which include the Suiting Program, Job Search Program, Professional Women’s Group and Career Center. For more information regarding clothing donations and upcoming events, please visit sanfrancisco.dressforsuccess.org.