Landrieu Challenges House Congressional Members to Dress for Success Challenge

June 30, 2010

Landrieu serves as Honorary Chair for second year

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, D-La., and her female Senate colleagues today challenged the female Members of the House of Representatives to a suit donation drive. In the fifth annual Congressional Dress for Success Challenge, the chambers will compete to see which can contribute the largest number of suits to the Dress for Success program in Washington, D.C.

“My office has been involved with this organization from its start because I understand how important it is to help other young female professionals in their career development,” said Sen. Landrieu. “Especially during these tough economic times, women struggling to make ends meet might not be able to afford the suit that their new job or job interview requires. It is not just about the suit, but the confident feeling of being professionally and properly dressed, that can make the difference between getting the job or not.

“We all have extra suits in our closet that we do not wear anymore for one reason or another. I donated one this morning, but I have ten more lying on my bed that I intend to bring back later this afternoon.”

“A few years ago, I too was a young professional woman about to embark on my career,” said LaVerne Saulny, Regional Director for Sen. Landrieu’s New Orleans office. “That is one of the reasons I feel so passionately about this organization and its efforts to help other young women make their way.

“I want to thank the Senator for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of Dress for Success and to represent her to this organization. She was extremely instrumental in starting the organization in New Orleans. I came on board 2 years later and became Chair after Katrina in 2007. Tari Bradford, Senator Landrieu’s Deputy State Director, also works closely with the Shreveport affiliate. This past year, I worked with the New Orleans affiliate to host one of the largest celebrity events in the history of Dress for Success. Kim Kardashian and Shane Ward and Shawn Ward of Shane and Shawn shoes attended the event; it has a lot of star power and helped to raise $85,000 for the organization.”

Sen. Landrieu is serving as the Honorary Senate Chair for the event for the second year. Donations will be collected from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Reserve Officers Association, 1 Constitution Ave, NE, and at a FedEx special delivery truck parked at the Capitol South Metro Station elevator, at the corner of 1st and D streets, SE. There was also a kick-off breakfast reception from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Reserve Officers Association.

Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and career development services. Of the 110 Dress for Success affiliates worldwide, there are three in Louisiana, in New Orleans, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge. Saulny has helped to raise $85,000 for the New Orleans Dress for Success affiliate and will be honored for her efforts later this year.

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