Nighttown fashion show benefits two local nonprofits

On Saturday, Aug. 30, Dress for Success Cleveland, Ten Thousand Villages and Virginia Marti College of Art and Design are partnering to bring an afternoon of fashion and philanthropy to Nighttown, in Cleveland Heights. The event, Dressed to the Tens, features a fashion show produced by students from Virginia Marti College. Dressed to the Tens also supports two local nonprofits—Dress for Success Cleveland and Ten Thousand Villages—that work for the empowerment of women.

The mission of Dress for Success Cleveland is to promote the independence of economically disadvantaged women and to help them overcome barriers to employment. The organization provides professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The clothing modeled in the fashion show will be for sale following the show. Among the items of clothing will be gently worn gowns, fur coats, dresses, suits and more.

Ten Thousand Villages is contributing fair trade personal accessories, both in the fashion show and for sale. The mission of Ten Thousand Villages is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products to U.S. markets through long-term fair trading relationships. More than 60 percent of Ten Thousand Villages’ artisans are women who are able to empower themselves and their communities through craft sales, healthcare and education.

Dressed to the Tens is for all women who are looking for fabulous wardrobe purchases and the satisfaction of knowing that their purchases go a long way toward helping other women.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the fashion show beginning at noon. Reserve a seat by calling 216-881-6048 or stop by Ten Thousand Villages, 12425 Cedar Road, to make a reservation in person for priority seating at the fashion show and to receive a raffle ticket.

Laura Potter

Laura Potter is store manager for Ten Thousand Villages in Cleveland Heights, a member of the Ohio Fair Trade Expo Committee and the Cedar Fairmount SID Marketing Committee. 

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