Fleurty Girl LeBlanc To Propose ‘A Toast To Mothers’ At 7th Annual Dress For Success Suits & Salads Luncheon

Lauren LeBlanc

         Lauren LeBlanc, owner of Fleurty Girl, knows what it means to dress for success.

         In May 2009, the single mother of three took her 2009 income tax refund check and invested $2,000 into her own unique New Orleans collection of T-shirts and apparel.

         Within a month, LeBlanc sold out of her initial clothing inventory and continued to do so every time she came out with more items. The Fleurty Girl brand proved popular with locals and tourists alike, and Leblanc opened her first shop 6 months later.

         Today, LeBlanc has 5 Fleurty Girl store locations around New Orleans and turned her modest investment into a multi-million dollar company.

         “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how glad I am that I went for my dream,” LeBlanc said. “Yes, people said I was crazy, but I just kept pushing forward.”

         LeBlanc will be the keynote speaker for Dress for Success New Orleans’ 7th annual Suits & Salads Luncheon and Fundraiser at The Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday, May 6, 2016, to benefit their programs promoting economic independence of women in the community.

         “This annual Luncheon is our biggest fundraiser of the year and is so important to us because it not only helps raise much needed funds, but also raises more awareness about the many programs we offer to change lives,” said Diane Riche, President of the New Orleans local chapter. “And change is what Dress for Success offers to their clients – helping women in transition, promoting economic independence. And it all starts with a suit.”

         Proceeds from the 2016 luncheon will help Dress for Success meet its annual goal of providing more than 500 women with professional attire to secure employment.

         “The work that Dress for Success New Orleans does not only impacts the women that we serve, but also their families and the community,” said Riche. “When a woman gets a job and becomes financially independent, she can provide for her family and she sets a positive example for her children. Our clients come from every walk of life, every ethnicity and education level. They all have one thing in common: they want to do better. Dress for Success New Orleans provides that network of support to help them achieve their goals. In 2016, our goal is to serve 500 women in the Greater New Orleans area. We offer a hand up, not a hand out.”

         Juli Miller Hart, past president of Dress for Success New Orleans, will be the emcee for the event, which starts at 11:00 a.m. when doors open for registration, silent auction bidding and specialty cocktails.

         Silent auction highlights include spa services, hotel stays, restaurant gift cards, home décor, apparel, jewelry, children’s items and more.

         At 12:15 p.m., lunch will be served followed by the Dress for Success Client Success Story presentation, the Style Setter Fashion Show highlighting local mothers and daughters, LeBlanc’s keynote address, the Volunteer of the Year Presentation and a raffle courtesy of Hiller Jewelry.

         There will also be original artwork for sale.

         Dress for Success is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional clothing for job interviews, programs that furnish women with confidence and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

         Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 145 cities in 20 countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, the UK and the West Indies, and has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency.

         The Dress for Success New Orleans’ boutique is located at 6117 Magazine St. and is accessible to the community for both client suiting, volunteers and clothing donations.

         Dress for Success New Orleans’ clients are invited to attend the Professional Women’s Group, a monthly program which addresses financial literacy, work/ life balance and health and wellness. Clients also receive enhanced services including resume writing, interview training and access to the Career Center.

         Tickets for the annual Suits & Salads Luncheon and Fundraiser cost:

 

• $85 Individual

• $125 Patron Sponsor

• $250 Patron Pair Sponsor

• $600 Stylish Sponsor

• $1,250 Suits and Salads Sponsor

 

         Event sponsors include Azby's, Capital One, First Bank & Trust, New York Life, Ochsner Baptist, Peoples Health, Postlethwaite & Netterville, St. Charles Avenue Magazine, sӧpӧ and Hiller Jewelry.

 

         Click here for more information about tickets, sponsorships, silent auction bidding and raffle purchases.

 

 

Dress for Success New Orleans

6117 Magazine St.

New Orleans, LA  70118

(504) 891-4337

www.neworleans.dressforsuccess.org

 

 

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