SECURELY FASHIONED: Organization dressed for success

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First Posted: 4/1/2013

The 14th Annual Lackawanna Dress for Success fashion show and luncheon was held at the Lackawanna Radisson Hotel in downtown Scranton on March 20. This amazing organization has dressed an astonishing 5,000+ women for jobs and career interviews since 1999.

The Lackawanna Dress for Success fashion show opened up with an emotional and inspiring speech from keynote speaker Lori Wolf, who was also a client of Dress for Success. She overcame some pretty intense health and family challenges and graciously shared her story with the help of Dress for Success.

The show was emceed by Laurie Cadden of Laurie Cadden Enterprises, LLC, who told us a bit about the organization that provides suits for disadvantaged women returning or entering the workforce; it has dressed more than 650,000 women in more than 125 cities worldwide.

Raffle tables lined the halls outside of the ballroom with more than 35 vendors for over 400 guests to purchase tickets for their chance to win some incredible prizes.

After the initial speeches and greetings, the fashion show was underway with some spring trends from local stores like Hansel & Gretel, Pierre’s Boutique, Suburban Casuals, and White House Black Market.

Presenting sponsors for this year’s fashion show were the ever-generous Pennstar Bank; Gertrude Hawk Chocolates; Suma & lezzi, Inc.; Knowles Associates; McGrail Merkel; Quinn & Associates P.C.; and Pennsylvania Power & Light.

The beautiful models, who ranged from school kids to the mayor’s wife, Donna Doherty, had their hair and makeup done by the pros at Alexander’s Salon and Spa.

My “Best Dressed Guest” award goes to Scranton mayoral candidate Elizabeth Randol, who rocked a high waist hounds-tooth pencil skirt lightened up with a lavender scarf.

Feeling inspired and want to donate to the Lackawanna branch of Dress for Success?

They are always looking for all sizes, especially plus-sized suits or separates less than three years old; black, khaki or solid color pants; blouses and tops; gently worn shoes; handbags and jewelry; and office and storage supplies. Donations are accepted at their Scranton boutique (431 N. 7th Ave. Suite B) on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Whatever you do…

Be sure to visit one of the local clothing boutiques from the fashion show: Pierre’s Fine Clothing and Accessories (412 Spruce St., Scranton), Hansel & Gretel Children’s Boutique (99 Main Street, Dickson City), White House Black Market (Shoppes at Montage).

Donate your items to Dress for Success Lackawanna on Tuesdays between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at 431 N. 7th Ave. Suite B, Scranton, or make a monetary donation at

-Erin Rovin has been working in the entertainment industry for 10 years and writes for various national gossip publications. She can be reached at