Becky Ross, Fashion Designer and Project Runway Contestant, shares her experience with Dress for Success and why she decided to become a model for Celebrate Success.
We are SO pleased to announce that the 13th annual Celebrate Success has officially sold out! Tickets are no longer available for this dinner, fashion show and auction, where attendees will have the opportunity to dig for a one‐carat diamond, sponsored by Diamonds by Passerini. Portland’s own Drew Carney will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Local boutiques, E.G. Page, Eileen Fisher, Ellington, FlairWalk, Joy's Uptown Style, Leanna NYC, Mabel and Zora, and Threads Count, will be providing the in‐season styles for the show. Models for the fashion show include successful women from our community along with successful Dress for Success Oregon clients. Come see Fashion Designer and Project Runway Contestant, Becky Ross, strut her stuff on the catwalk for Dress for Success!
If you missed your chance for tickets this year, don't let it happen again! But do check back for more information and photos!
Christine Vernier, Co-Founder and Owner, Vernier Software & Technology, shares her experience with Dress for Success and why she decided to become a model for Celebrate Success.
Christine Vernier, co-founder and owner of Vernier Software and Technology, shares with us why she is excited to be a part of the biggest night of the year, Celebrate Success! Stay tuned for the video interview!
That's right! You guessed it! Becky Ross, a recent contestant on the hit show Project Runway and local fashion designer, will have the tables turned as she hits the runway during Celebrate Success! Here's a glimpse of our interview with her on why she is participating in Dress for Success' annual fundraiser/
The Celebrate Success fashion show will showcase fabulous fashions provided by some of the Portland area’s chicest boutiques. Here is a rundown of the boutiques participating in this year’s show:
Mabel & Zora:
Mabel & Zora is a lovely ladies’ boutique located in the Pearl District in Portland. They feature feminine designs and offer women’s clothing, accessories, luggage, and locally made items in all price ranges. Visit their brick and mortar location at 748 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209, or shop online at www.mabelandzora.com.
Eileen Fisher is a contemporary women’s clothing boutique with 54 stores nationwide. They carry simple designs that cater to what women want and need. They offer women’s clothing (petite and plus sizes) and accessories in a variety of price ranges. Visit their only Oregon location in Bridgeport Village at 7353 SW Bridgeport Road Tigard, OR 97224, or shop online at www.eileenfisher.com.
Pendleton is a family-owned business that has been operating in the Portland area for more than 140 years. They are well known for their quality and world class woven wools. They offer men’s and women’s fashions, as well as home décor and beautiful blankets. You can find Pendleton products at traditional specialty stores, department stores, over 70 Pendleton stores nationwide or online at www.pendleton-usa.com.
Mink is a beautiful boutique located in the heart of the Hawthorne shopping district in Portland. They feature unique, wearable, affordable women’s clothing and accessories. Visit their Hawthorne location at 3418 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97214, or online at www.shopmink.com. They promise to inspire you to step outside your “fashion-box.”
Garnish is located in the Alberta Arts District in Portland. They carry sustainable, locally made women’s clothing and accessories. Visit their Alberta location at 1524 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211, or shop online at www.garnishapparel.com. Most of their merchandise is limited edition and carried in limited quantities, so if you see something you like, snatch it up!
Joy’s Uptown Style:
Joy’s Uptown Style features women’s formal and casual clothing and accessories. They provide exquisite formalwear that won’t leave you feeling matronly or like a bridesmaid. If you are in the Portland area, visit their location in the Alphabet District at 1627 NW Glisan St., Portland, OR 97209, or visit their Eugene location at 2734 Shadow View Drive, Eugene, OR 97408. Learn more about Joy’s Uptown Style at www.joysuptown.com.
All of these boutiques pride themselves in providing exceptional customer service, personal shopping services if desired, and unique merchandise. Check them out now in store or online, and on Friday at the fashion show!
FASHION SHOW PRODUCTION
We wouldn't be able to pull of a fashion show of this caliber without the fabulous Jillian Rabe - a full-service production haus based in Portland, OR. Specializing in fashion show production and special event planning, the Jillian Rabe team is dedicated & passionate about supporting local businesses, the Portland community, and providing a platform for business development through special event experiences. Visit our studio, “The Space,” in The Pearl for First Thursdays, artist showcases, or Open Mic events (1030 NW 12th Ave TH1) – or check us out online for our latest event schedules, behind-the-scenes blog posts, and a full listing of our production and event planning services.
"We love supporting Dress For Success and are honored to be sharing in the evening with you." Let’s see what we can create…together!www.jillianrabe.com
_ Join us for Celebrate Success’ official after party!
Beginning at 9pm after the Auction and Fashion Show, head upstairs to the Alexander Room at the top of the Hilton Hotel. Along with dancing and drinks, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful sounds of Patrick Lamb while you continue to mingle with friends and other Dress for Success supporters.
There is no reason why you should end the night early as the invitation is open to all Celebrate Success attendees.
See you Friday!
For a preview of Patrick Lamb’s incredible talent, visit his website at http://www.patricklamb.com/
When asked why supporting women on the road to success is important to you, Alice Tang had a simple answer. “Many years ago, I was at my lowest point in life and did not know how to ask for help. It was a woman, a complete stranger, who reached out and lifted me. This humbling experience has inspired me to pay it forward to other women who need resources, encouragement, connections and coaching to stay on the road to success.”
With this passion for helping women, Alice helped launch Women in Insurance and Financial Services Portland Metro Chapter in 2007. When not acting as the Vice President of The Business Planning Group, she has served as a member of the WIFS National Board since 2010. With Alice’s leadership and vision, WIFS Portland Metro has become the biggest chapter in the country and was recognized as "Chapter of the year" in 2008.
Within the community, Alice is known for her passion for helping women grow and become successful financial advisors within the predominately male dominated financial services industry. Alice was a nominee for 2011 and 2012 Women of Influence Award by Portland Business Journal. She also serves on the board of CASA for Children (Multnomah and Washington Counties of Oregon).
For more information on Alice’s organizations, please visit their websites –
WIFS Portland Chapter: http://www.wifsportlandmetro.org/
The Business Planning Group: http://www.bpgnetwork.com/
_ What would be more enjoyable than having someone touch up your hair and makeup before Celebrate Success? Or maybe even a quick massage to help de-stress from the work week?
If this sounds fabulous, then you should join us for the VIP Beauty Bar prior to Celebrate Success on Friday, April 27th. Starting at 4:30pm until 6pm in the Alexander’s Room at the Downtown Hilton, professionals from Bobbi Brown will be present to refresh makeup and hair stylists will be available to blow out and ‘re-primp’ hair. You’ll be able to sip on a glass of wine, enjoy some hors d'oeuvres and even a quick massage before the big event! Tickets are only $35 and hurry because spots are limited!
For more information, please visit the event website at: http://www.celebratesuccessbenefit.org/beauty-bar.html
To purchase a ticket, please click here: https://dressforsuccess.ejoinme.org/?tabid=347371
New to Celebrate Success this year, the Diamond Dig is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Guests can purchase a ticket (1 for $50 or 3 for $100) for their chance to "Dig" for diamonds! Guests will then receive a trowel and start digging in one of three bins filled with jewelry pouches. Each dig will receive a pouch that has a flashing ring in it - if you receive a clear flashing ring, you are one of five winners for the Diamond Dig!
During the live auction, the five recipients of the clear flashing rings will be invited up on stage to find out what they have won. On stage they will be presented with five briefcases; each winner will reach into a bowl to determine the briefcase they have won. Each briefcase will hold a piece of jewelry, a string of pearls, an amethyst ring, a silver and diamond necklace, or the grand prize, a 1 carat Diamond from Lucia Fine Jewelers!
We hope to see you in line for a dig, because really, how often do you get the chance to win a 1 carat diamond for $50!? We will race you to be first in line!
A huge thank you to Lucia Fine Jewelers for sponsoring this event! Check out their beautiful jewelry at http://luciafinejewelers.com/ or at their location at 7387 SW Bridgeport Rd. Tigard, OR 97224.
This blog is updated by the Celebrate Success Committee and is your source for all the latest news about the upcoming event! Find out which Portland women leaders we will be honoring this year, the success stories of our clients and more!