Philanthropic Fashion

Philanthropic Fashion

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Simply wearing a certain outfit can make you can feel your best because fashion is a way to express yourself and tap into your inner confidence. But why not take your passion for fashion to another level and achieve personal fulfillment at the same time by giving back to the community?

There have been many local and nationwide events that combine fashion and charitable donations. This type of event can take on different forms and may include fashion shows, proceeds from retail sales and even clothing donations. We were able to find a couple of events in the Cincinnati area that stylishly combine the beautiful relationship between style and philanthropy. Combine your love for fashion with public service and feel like the fashionable and well rounded individual you know you can be.

Dress for Success Cincinnati is a local charity devoted to helping low- income women in our community achieve personal and professional excellence through work attire and personal and professional development. They are involved in various community events such as “Women on the Move, a Fashionable Afternoon.” This event is an annual luncheon and fashion show that directly benefits Dress for Success.

This year, the event will be held on Oct. 5, 2007 at the Duke Energy Center and will feature fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue. For more information, contact Dress for Success Cincinnati at (513) 651-3372. If you are unable to attend the event or want to help this organization even more, you can donate new or gently used work appropriate clothing and accessories at their Fourth Street boutique in downtown Cincinnati. Donations may be made on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For volunteer information, contact Dress for Success Cincinnati at the number mentioned above. Be a part of the solution to help women achieve the style and success we all deserve.

Love the fashions at Coldwater Creek? Stop by their Crestview Hills Town Center store Sept. 16 from 3 to 5 p.m. to help benefit the Susan G. Komen race to cure breast cancer. Coldwater is offering 10 percent off all merchandise and will donate 10 percent of all sales to the Susan G. Komen Greater Cincinnati Affiliate. You’ll wear your new digs with style and pride, knowing you bought discounted items and supported breast cancer research in the process.

St. Vincent de Paul is a non-profit organization that provides basic necessities to those in need in Greater Cincinnati. On Oct. 11 you will be able to enjoy new fashion creations and donate to the organization by attending its annual fundraising event, RetroFittings. All proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul. The event will be held at 20th Century on Madison Road and will feature thrift store fashions by University of Cincinnati School of Design fashion students. Tickets are $25 ($15 with a student ID) and are available online at Feel personally fulfilled and style savvy, all in one night!

Are you a Cincinnati Reds fan? Purchase your Reds t-shirt to support your favorite baseball team and donate to find a cure for breast cancer in the process.

The Cincinnati Reds Women’s Pink Ribbon Charity Tee is available on the Reds’ Web site for $19.99. For every T-shirt purchased, Major League Baseball will donate $1 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Watch your favorite team win in style and smile knowing you helped a good cause!

There are many events that cater to the fashion savvy that recognize the importance of philanthropy. Put your best fashionable foot forward by combining your love for clothing with your personal dedication to patronage. Make this world a better place where style and giving combine to form a wonderful fashionable relationship.

Looking to make a more worldly philanthropic fashion statement? Designer Jonathan Adler donates 10 percent of sales to Peruvian earthquake relief. And half the profits from Gap RED sales go to the Global Fund to help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.