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Summer 2011 Newsletter - Bottomless Closet

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									                                                                BOTTOMLESS CLOSET




                                       SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2011
                                                                BOTTOMLESS CLOSET



                                     SUMMER NEWSLETTER 2011
                                                                 ANNUAL LUNCHEON
                                                                 ANNUAL LUNCHEON




                                                                                          Ty Williams with clients

Once again, Bottomless Closet’s Annual Luncheon was a                                                                   was Donna B., a victim
resounding success. Our new venue at the Sheraton Hotel                                                                 of domestic violence,
Once again, Bottomless Closet’s Annual Luncheon was a                                                                   was Donna B., a victim
proved to be a fabulous setting for more than 500 guests.                                                               who was forced to flee
resounding success. Our new venue at the Sheraton Hotel                                                                      domestic violence,
                                                                                                                        of domestic violence,
In a wonderful show of support from our generous donors                                                                 an abusive home with
proved to be a fabulous setting for more than 500 guests.                                                               who was forced to flee
                                         and friends, the event                                                         nothing! She recounted
In a wonderful show of support from our generous donors                                                                 an abusive home with
                                         raised over $400,000.                                                          that despite a good job
                                         and friends, the event                                                         nothing! She recounted
                                         Neil Cole, Chairman and                                                        in the health care indus-
                                         raised over $400,000.                                                          that despite a good job
                                         CEO of Iconix Brands,                                                          try, her confidence and
                                         Neil Cole, Chairman and                                                        in the health care indus-
                                         most graciously accept-                                                        self-esteem had been
                                         CEO of Iconix Brands,                                  Donna B.                try, her confidence and
                                         ed the Founders’ Award                 eroded because of the constant abuse. She was often too
                                         most graciously accept-                                                        self-esteem had been
                                         and pledged his contin-                depressed to go to work and ultimately lost her job. At her low-
                                         ed the Founders’ Award                 eroded because of the constant abuse. She was often too
                                         ued commitment and                     est, Donna still had the courage to leave her home. Through
                                         and pledged his contin-                depressed to go to work and ultimately lost her job. At her low-
                                         support of our mission.                Safe Horizons, she
                                         ued commitment and                     est, Donna still had the courage to leave her home. Through
                                                                                received housing
                                         Tina Sloan,our mission.
                                         support of actress and                 Safe Horizons, she
               Neil Cole                                                        and help, including
author, delivered the keynote address. Drawing on her                           received housing
                                         Tina Sloan, actress and                a     referral     to
personal experiences                                                            and help, including
author, delivered the keynote address. Drawing on her                           Bottomless Closet.
as a cast member of                                                             a     referral     to
personal experiences                                                            Donna told the rapt
the long-running soap                                                           Bottomless Closet.
as a cast member of                                                             audience that she
opera, Guiding Light,                                                           Donna told the rapt
the long-running soap                                                           was transformed in
and recent book,                                                                audience that she
opera, Guiding Light,                                                           mind and spirit and
Changing Shoes, Tina                                                            was transformed in                Sheila Lambert, and guest
and recent book,                                                                was progressing in a new career as an information technology
emphasized             the                                                      mind and spirit and
Changing Shoes, Tina                                                            professional. As she proudly declared, “I’m DONNA B. and I’m
importance of putting                                                           was progressing in a new career as an information technology
emphasized             the                                                      PROUD to be a Bottomless Closet Client!”
your best foot for-                                                             professional. As she proudly declared, “I’m DONNA B. and I’m
importance of putting                                                           It was truly an afternoon to remember.
ward everyday, be it                                                            PROUD to be a Bottomless Closet Client!”
your best foot for-              Reva Wurtzburger, Tina Sloan and guest
for an interview or a trip to the grocery store.                                It was truly an afternoon to remember.
ward everyday, be it
for an interview or a trip to the grocery store.   Three pairs of our
                                                   clients and volun-
                                                   Three pairs of our
                                                   teers touched our
                                                   clients and volun-
                                                   hearts, telling us
                                                   teers touched our
                                                   how they came to
                                                   hearts, telling us
                                                   Bottomless Closet
                                                   how they came to
                                                   and what it has
                                                   Bottomless Closet
                                                   meant to them.
                                                   and what it has
                                                   One         of       these
                                                   meant to them.
                                                   incredible women
                     Guests
                                                   One         of       these
                                                   incredible women
                                                                        Bottomless Closet’s impact on the women we serve is
President                                                               measurable and profound. From 2009 to 2010, the number of
Diane Kenney
                                                                        women we assisted in their transition to work increased by almost
Chair                                                                   30 percent.
Barbara Madsen Smith
Senior Vice President                                                   In order to evaluate and improve our programming, we survey
Arlyn S. Gardner                                                        each woman after her initial appointment. Nearly every client
Vice President                                                          agrees that our coaching, support and guidance are crucial com-
Iris Abrons                       Kendall Farrell, Executive Director
                                                                        ponents of her success in her job interview.
Treasurer
Tami Peter                        The feedback is overwhelmingly positive:
Secretary                         � “A week after I came into Bottomless Closet for the first time I obtained a job. I really
Judith T. Hunt
                                    think all of the things I learned about interviewing and the re-do of my resume made a
Chair Emeriti                       big difference in how I looked and interviewed.”
Reva Wurtzburger*
Sheila Lambert*                   � “…finding the right suit, to fixing my resume, to learning new pointers on interviews and
Board of Directors                  writing a cover letter; the employment coach who helped me was very patient and
Priscilla Bijur
                                    today I feel very confident to find a job, thank you again!”
Christine Chang
Laura Conigliaro                  In addition to these post-interview surveys, we also conduct telephone follow-ups,
Karen Heath-Wade
Andrea Hoinacki
                                  contacting clients three months after their pre-interview appointments. This follow-up has
Carolyn Huggins*                  revealed a dramatic statistic: Over 60 percent of the women who have walked through
Kathleen Jordan                   the doors of Bottomless Closet have been hired!
Pam Kaufman
Luise Kleinberg                   This is a truly inspiring number, especially in the current economy. Jobs include adminis-
Sara T. Slocum
                                  trative assistant, bookkeeper, case manager, customer service representative, home health
Katherine Elvin Watkin
                                  aide, paralegal, and vocational
Emerita                                                                           Income Rates from 2010 Employment
Cynthia Gaston*                   coordinator at companies such
                                                                                  Statistics for Bottomless Closet Clients:
Jeanne Sigler*                    as KPMG, Monroe College, Duane
Elizabeth Tighe*                                                          80,000
                                  Reade, St. Luke’s Medical Center,                                                 72,800
* Founder                                                                 70,000
                                  and Yankee Stadium. Through
Bottomless Closet Staff                                                   60,000
Executive Director                gainful employment, women are
                                                                          50,000
Kendall Farrell                   able to navigate the transition from                                              47,000
Program Director                                                          40,000
Patrycja Warda
                                  unemployment and public assis-                               28,000
                                                                          30,000
Program Assistant                 tance and take the first steps                                            27,461
                                                                                                                        � hourly
Susan Monk                                                                20,000
                                  toward self-sufficiency for them-                 10,400         19,156 21,923        � salaried
Operations Director                                                       10,000
Gineyda Diaz                      selves and their families.                             7,800
                                                                                           0
Director of Volunteerism
                                                                                               lowest pay median pay average pay highest pay
and Partnerships
Jessica Land
Client Services Coordinator
Lakiesha Johnson
Accounting Assistant
Kristina Semos                    Spotlight on Gineyda Diaz
Editing, Layout, Design           As the Operations Director, Gineyda Diaz is in charge of both inner
                                                                               in charge of both inner
and Photography:
Gineyda Diaz                      space and cyberspace: she manages both Bottomless Closet’s office
Kristin Donnelly                  space and its online space. Gineyda makes sure that our website and
Roberta Dougherty
                                  other social networking sites with a Bottomless Closet presence are
Kim Farrington
Diane Kenney                      up-to-the-minute and provide an accurate view of the organization.                          Gineyda Diaz, Operations Director
Kira Kohrherr
Robyn Polansky                    Gineyda was instrumental in our recent introduction of Spark, an innovative program
Sara T. Slocum                    that creates an interactive experience on our website so that donors can log in, view
Barbara Madsen Smith              their giving history, manage their newsletter subscriptions, stay abreast of upcoming
Peggy Stinchfield
Terrabyte Studios                 events and even purchase tickets to events. Spark has helped us go green by
                                  reducing the cost of communicating with our donors and friends.
Bottomless Closet
15 Penn Plaza at                  Gineyda is indispensable to Bottomless Closet’s social media efforts. With volunteer
The Hotel Pennsylvania
Level B, Suite 40                 assistance, she gets the word out—instantly—through Facebook, Twitter and our
New York, NY 10001                website. Together with Spark, these sites directly connect Bottomless Closet donors to
p. 212.563.2499 f. 646.355.0176
www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org
                                  our mission, facilitating a constant stream of information from donors to Bottomless
                                  Closet, and back again.
‘Real Women’ on the Runway                                                                      Bottomless Closet is
                                                                                                getting even more
                                               “Closetinis” provided by SKYY Vodka.             high-tech!
                                               Celebrity emcee, Derek Warburton, styled         Bottomless Closet’s Facebook
                                               the models and announced their arrival on        page has more than 500
                                                                                                followers.
                                               the catwalk.
                                               The evening was a huge success with
                                               guests, among them noted fashion design-
                                               er Nicole Miller, commenting on the elec-
                                               tric, energetic vibe in the room. The event
                                                                                                        Ping, Cheryl and Ann
                                                                                                        P
          Derek Warburton and a “Real Woman”   raised over $14,000, but the goal of the
                                               evening was to raise awareness. The party        Check out pictures of client Cheryl
Neither the extreme heat nor the thunder-      was aimed at young professionals who             on your computer, BlackBerry or
ous downpour could stop the first ever         may not have heard about Bottomless              iPhone! She’s not only posing in
                                                                                                her new outfit, but she’s also smil-
“Real Women on the Runway” event held          Closet, our clients,                             ing ear-to-ear over her new job.
Thursday, June 9th. Seven clients turned       and our mission. By                              Or click on the latest video clip
models strutted their stuff in fashions        reaching out to the                              from Fox-5 television featuring
provided by TJ Maxx, jewelry by Stella and     social-networking                                Executive Director Kendall Farrell.
Dot and handbags from Macy’s. However,         generation in their                              We vigorously promoted the
the most important accessory was the air                                                        “Real Women on the Runway”
                                               20’s and 30’s, we
                                                                                                fashion show on our new Twitter
of confidence provided by their experience     can cultivate loyal                              account. Besides spreading our
at Bottomless Closet. Guests got a glimpse     Bottomless Closet                                message, re-tweeting helps us
of the transformations that take place each    volunteers and sup-                              spread the words and photos
                                                                             “Real Woman”       of followers.    At the annual
day in our boutique and coaching room.         porters for years to                             luncheon, one attendee tweeted a
With the right tools, our clients can work     come. Given the enthusiastic response            photo from the event as it was
an interview as well as they walked the        from guests, our goals were met and              happening.
runway!                                        exceeded. Many thanks to the hard work           Become a Bottomless Closet
                                                                                                fan on Facebook at Bottomless
The Park restaurant in the Meatpacking         and dedication of everyone involved. We
                                                                                                Closet NYC or follow us on
District was packed with more than 200         are already looking forward to next year’s       twitter @BttmlessClstNYC. It’ll be
people sipping “Bottomless Cocktails” and      “Real Women on the Runway.”                      FANtastic.




   March 2, 2011
   Blogs buzzed about the Elie Tahari cocktail reception.        for Fox’s “Good
   Shoppers who donated an accessory to Bottomless Closet        Day Street Talk”
   received a percentage off their purchases.                    TV segment talk-
   March 8, 2011                                                 ing about our
   In celebration of International Women's Day Bottomless        services and pro-
   Closet joined forces with Compass Box Whiskey Co and          gramming and
   the women of LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation        promoting the upcoming “Real Women on the Runway”
                    of Cocktails) for a PIX 11 NY segment pro-   Fashion Show.
                    moting an event at Astor Place benefit-      June 6, 2011
                    ting Bottomless Closet.                      Diane Kenney, Bottomless Closet Board President, was
                         April 20, 2011                          interviewed on foxbusiness.com discussing tips for recent
                        The Bottomless Closet “Connections”      college graduates entering the workforce.
                        Bracelet was featured in People Style    June 9, 2011
                        Watch!!                                  Dozens of blogs covered Bottomless Closet's "Real
   April 30, 2011                                                Women on the Runway"           fashion show featuring
   Kendall Farrell, Executive Director, along with Bottomless    Bottomless Closet clients as the models. See the above
   Closet clients, Mariateresa and Johanne, were interviewed     article for details.
Shoes in the City at Dylan’s Candy Bar
                                    On April 28, the Young                                        Levin and Ty Williams spoke elo-
                                    Leadership      Council                                       quently about their volunteer experi-
                                    (YLC) hosted its annual                                       ences at Bottomless Closet.
                                    Shoes in the City event                                       As their “ticket of admission,” each
                                    in the newly remodeled                                        attendee was asked to bring a dona-
                                    party space of Dylan’s                                        tion of a new or gently used pair of
                                    Candy Bar, which served                                       shoes or accessory for the boutique.
                                    as the evening’s gener-                                       The response was very generous, and
ous corporate partner. In this bright and appealing setting,                                      the donations were well received by
88 women learned more about Bottomless Closet’s mission                                           our clients. In addition to the delicious
and how they might connect to the organization.                                                   food, drinks, and Dylan’s signature
                                                                                 Ty Williams
YLC Chair, Andrea Hoinacki,
warmly welcomed those                                                    candy, a raffle was held.
attending and Executive                                                  Lucky winners took home
Director, Kendall Farrell,                                               handbags donated by
profiled Bottomless Closet’s                                             Coach with gift items
clients and outlined the                                                 including spa gift certifi-
numerous services we offer                                               cates. It was a sweet night
                                      Sara Slocum and Andrea Hoinacki
them. Volunteers Steffanie                                               for everyone.



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                15 Penn Plaza
                                                                             succeed in the workforce and improve the quality of lives.
                                                                        succeed in the workforce and improve the quality of theirtheir lives.
                                                                             self-esteem and self-confidence in order for them to enter
                                                                        self-esteem and self-confidence in order for them to enter and and
                at The Hotel Pennsylvania                                    of dedicated volunteers, Bottomless Closet enhances our clients’
                                                                        of dedicated volunteers, Bottomless Closet enhances our clients’
                Level B, Suite 40                                            Using the model of women helping women and our network
                                                                        Using the model of women helping women and our network
                New York, NY 10001                                           development, financial management and personal enrichment.
                                                                        development, financial management and personal enrichment.
                                                                             and interview preparation and continues professional
                                                                        and interview preparation and continues with with professional
                                                                             comprehensive program begins with business attire
                                                                        comprehensive program that that begins with business attire
                                                                        New New York City women become self-sufficient through a
                                                                              York City women become self-sufficient through a
                                                                             The mission of Bottomless Closet help disadvantaged
                                                                        The mission of Bottomless Closet is to is to help disadvantaged




The mission of Bottomless Closet is to help disadvantaged
New York City women become self-sufficient through a
comprehensive program that begins with business attire
and interview preparation and continues with professional
development, financial management and personal enrichment.                                  New York, 10001
                                                                                        New York, NY NY 10001
Using the model of women helping women and our network                                      Level B, Suite
                                                                                        Level B, Suite 40 40
of dedicated volunteers, Bottomless Closet enhances our clients’                            at Hotel Pennsylvania
                                                                                        at TheThe Hotel Pennsylvania
self-esteem and self-confidence in order for them to enter and                              15 Penn Plaza
                                                                                        15 Penn Plaza
succeed in the workforce and improve the quality of their lives.

								
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