Job interviews often require a certain type of attire and knowledge, but not everyone has the access—or the financial means—to attain these. One organization has been providing that access for those in need for 20 years: Dress for Success. 

During its 20th annual EmpowHERing Lives Gala on Thursday, Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties will celebrate two decades of working to enable women to build confidence in the workplace, breaking the cycle of poverty for more than 10,000 female professionals throughout the region. 

The event will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Park Savoy, 236 Ridgedale Ave. in Florham Park, and honor 20 past and present board members who, according to Dress for Success officials, have contributed diligence and dedication in coming to the aid of thousands of local professionals since the organization’s inception in 1998.

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“This year’s EmpowHERing Lives Gala will bring together women—and men—of all ages, backgrounds and occupations to celebrate our work together in continuing to raise awareness and fund DFSNNJ’s mission, and for helping women to flourish in the workplace so they may live safer and better lives,” said Parul Patel, the regional organization's board president.

“Thanks to our board members, who we will be honoring that evening, and thanks to our volunteers, donors, employees and the community. Each day we are closer to achieving that goal.” 

Gala attendees can network, sip cocktails, chow down on specialty desserts and participate in a silent auction. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, click here

According to New Jersey poverty statistics, more than 10 percent of women were below the poverty line in 2017, a 1 percent decrease from 2016. Last year, Dress successfully aided 1,500 women; helping them rise above the poverty level by providing long-term employment solutions and other services. 

As part of the international organization Dress for Success, the mission of Dress for Success Northern NJ-10 Counties is to “empower women to achieve economic independence by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.” 

Dress for Success of Northern New Jersey serves Morris, Essex, Union, Bergen, Passaic, Sussex, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Somerset and Warren counties. All services are free of charge. For more information, click here or call 973-822-3188.

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