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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. Connect with us online and enter to win a Connections Bracelet! Visit our website www.bottomlessclosetnyc.org to sign up. 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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