Dress for Success Louisville's Little Black Dress Wines Soiree to mix good times with a good cause

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Little Black Dress Wines Soiree to support Dress for Success Louisville's work helping disadvantaged women become interview-ready Enjoy cocktail party standards as well as a live model auction and a boutique village, while supporting Dress for Success Louisville at its Little Black Dress Wines Soiree. Dress for Success Louisville promotes "the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life." The cocktail party is 7:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Aug. 22 at Kye's II (500 Missouri Ave., Jeffersonville, Ind.). Tickets are $25 per person if purchased in advance via the organization's Web site (select the Network for Good button) or $35 at the door. Julie Smith, one of the stars of SoapNET's "Southern Belles: Louisville" will be the hostess. "We're going to have live music, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar," said Cricket Hater, Dress for Success Louisville's program director. "The really unique thing about this is event is that were going to have a boutique village where local businesses and artists can come and set up shop for the evening," she said. A percentage of their proceeds will go to Dress for Success Louisville. In addition there'll be a live model auction. How Dress for Success supports local women Dress for Success assists women referred to it from its 74 partner agencies. "They come in and work with a personal shopper at our boutique that helps them select an interview outfit," Hater said. "What we provide are items of clothing, like a suit or separates; a complete outfit that they can wear to go on a job interview." "In 2008 we helped about 450 women get interview-ready," said Hater. And since its founding in 2000, the Louisville chapter of Dress for Success has assisted more than 2,900 women, serving eight counties in Kentucky and four in that state to our west. Dress for Success Louisville's partner agencies include Goodwill Industries, the Louisville Urban League and Louisville Metro Housing Authority (turn off your computer's sound if you visit that last Web site). And check out the bio on the organization's founder, Nancy Lublin, for an inspirational story about how she started what's now an international organization in 1996 with a $5,000 inheritance from her great-grandfather. For more information: While Dress for Success Louisville's cocktail party is for a good cause, it's still three weeks away. Need a stiff drink in the meantime? Learn how to put your herb garden or farm share to work in your bar.
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