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Economic Empowerment

Dress For Success New Orleans hosted its annual benefit luncheon for 500 guests.

Event Chairs Allison Shapiro, Ashley Kostmayer and Evie Poitevent Sanders

The “Suits and Salads” luncheon supported Dress For Success New Orleans’ mission of empowering women to achieve economic independence through a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help women thrive at work and in life.

Shannon Brice, Ashley Kostmayer, Evie Poitevent Sanders and Allison Shapiro served as Event Chairs. Mimi Robinson Rose was Honorary Chair. The Keynote Speaker was Simone Bruni Crouere, the Demo Diva.

Cheryl Butler was honored as Client of the Year for exemplifying the values of DFSNO, and earned an invitation to be part of the Board of Directors for one year.

The 2017 Style Setters were local women who are civic-minded, active volunteers in support of their community – and who do so fashionably. These women were Courtney LeClerq representing Angelique, CeCe Colhoun representing Pilot and Powell, Katherine Madere representing Dress for Success, Elly Lane representing SOSUSU Boutique and Ellen Coleman representing W by Worth Collection.

Cure and Cane & Table provided champagne cocktails, and JCB Creations provided individually wrapped cookies in the shape of a red high-heeled shoe.

A raffle included diamond hoop earrings, courtesy of Friend and Company. Key auction items included barware by Vintage 329; tea at the Windsor Court; artwork by Ashley Longshore, Elaine Montgomery and Dr. Bob; jewelry by India Hicks and Mignon Faget; hotel stays and more.


What: Eighth annual “Suits & Salads” luncheon, benefiting Dress for Success New Orleans
When: Friday, May 12
Where: Hyatt Regency New Orleans


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