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SOUTH BAY GALLERIA HOLDS PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING DRIVE TO HELP WOMEN RE-ENTERING THE WORKFORCE

  • “Reinvent, Recycle & Reuse Clothing Drive” will take place at South Bay Galleria April 14-15, 2012

SOUTH BAY, Calif., April XX, 2012 – South Bay Galleria, in partnership with Designing Women South Bay, a women’s guild in support of Working Wardrobes, is proud to announce the “Reinvent, Recycle & Reuse Clothing Drive” to collect professional clothing for those less fortunate women who are trying to re-enter the workforce.

The “Reinvent, Recycle & Reuse Clothing Drive” will take place on Saturday, April 14 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 15, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the South Bay Galleria’s own retail space located on Level 3 of the mall near the AMC Theater.  Guests are invited to drop off gently used, clean and on hangers, women’s professional clothing, such as skirts, slacks, suits, and button up shirts, as well as purses, shoes and accessories. These items will be donated to Working Wardrobes’ Women’s Career Success Program to aid job-seeking women in the community.

“This event is so important for those women who rely on the Working Wardrobes program to help them gain employment,” explained Mickey Marraffino, Regional Marketing Director of South Bay Galleria. “Many women in our area who have been laid off from their jobs are now doing their best to re-enter the workforce, while others are seeking employment for the first time as household budgets grow tighter.  Being equipped with the proper clothing for job interviews gives women a fighting chance in this competitive and sparse job market.”

According to Marraffino, the shopping center is relying on the community and South Bay Galleria’s patrons to support the clothing drive.

“We hope the South Bay community will come together, dig through their closets, and donate any gently used items they have. Even one item from a professional wardrobe will be an enormous help to the success of this clothing drive,” added Marraffino.

Professional clothing collected at the drive will be presented to women involved in the Working Wardrobes’ Women’s Career Success Program at a graduation ceremony on May 20.  For more information: http://www.workingwardrobes.org/website1/womensdose.htm

“These clothing donations have a true impact on the lives of the women in our programs, providing them not only with the proper attire for job interviews and work, but also with the added confidence needed to help them gain employment,” said Janice Goff Kurihara, President of Designing Women South Bay.  “South Bay Galleria has been an excellent partner for our organization, and with the recent success of the Prom Dress Drive, we believe this professional clothing drive will be just as successful.”

To demonstrate its support for the clothing drive, Red Robin restaurant at South Bay Galleria will be donating 15 percent of its proceeds on April 14 and 15 to Designing Women South Bay.  Guests are asked to pick up an event flyer at guest services, and present that flyer to their server during their meal.

 

About South Bay Galleria

            As one of the South Bay’s leading shopping centers, South Bay Galleria in Redondo Beach, Calif. encompasses nearly one million square feet on three levels, and is anchored by Nordstrom, Macy’s, Kohl’s and AMC South Bay Galleria 16.  Guests have more than 135 stores and restaurants to enjoy, including Banana Republic, GUESS, bebe, California Pizza Kitchen, Nordstrom Cafe, and Red Robin, among others. 

             South Bay Galleria features a number of amenities including family restrooms, a full-service Guest Services Center, security escorts, and valet parking.  In addition, the shopping center hosts various events for the South Bay community, including Kid’s Club, Galleria Gaitors walking club, musical performances and educational programs.  For more information and a complete list of stores and restaurants please visit www.SouthBayGalleria.com