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Performing Good Work: Summit High Theatre Department Hosts Clothing Drive to Help Women, Men Succeed

The cast and crew of Summit High School's upcoming production of "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying." A related clothing drive will benefit Dress for Success and Career Gear. Credits: Cast / Crew photo by Susan Olson

SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit High School Theatre Department and the school's Educational Outreach Committee will continue of their tradition of 'doing good' while simultaneously staging great performances when they host a clothing drive to benefit Dress for Success and Career Gear.

Conducted as part of the upcoming production of "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying," the initiative will collect new or gently used, clean professional women’s and men’s clothing which will be donated to the respective organizations, each of which provide financial literacy training, professional clothing and career mentorship to men and women.

"How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" satirizes American office life and the quest for success, and stereotypes career seekers into a dated period style of dress. The clothing drive is designed to that men and women who want to advance in their careers -- counter to the 'values' satirized in the show -- have the necessary tools.    

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Clothing can be dropped off at the following locations in Summit:

  • Summit High School, located at 125 Kent Place Boulevard

  • Eco-Friendly Cleaners, located at 441 Springfield Avenue

  • Katie Daley’s house, located at 49 Norwood Avenue

Clothing and accessories may also be brought to any of the performances, which run March 1 and 2 at 6 p.m., and March 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

“The SHS Educational Outreach committee seeks to connect the musical to the district's curriculum, using the production as a teaching tool for the greater student body and local community," said Summit High School Theatre Teacher / Director Anne Poyner.

In addition to the clothing drive, the Educational Outreach Committee has invited students in all of Summit’s schools to draw a picture of their dream career, with these illustrations will be on display in the high school during the performance.

“The Summit community has always supported the high school productions, and the educational benefits of our musical productions reach far beyond the stage,” Poyner said.

Items sought include:

Women’s Clothing

- Contemporary interview-appropriate skirt and pant suits
- Blouses appropriate for interviews and work environments
- Professional separates including blouses, pants, skirts, dresses, blazers and jackets
- Very gently used work appropriate shoes
- Jewelry and scarves
- Practical and professional handbags and briefcases
- Season appropriate coats

Men’s Clothing

- Suits (especially size 36 and below and size 44 and up)
- Dress pants
- Blazers/Sport Coats (solid color only)
- Dress shirts (especially size 17 and up)
- Dress shoes (black or brown leather, all sizes)
- Belts (black or brown leather, all sizes)
- Overcoats
- Ties
- New black or brown socks
- Watches, tie clips & cufflinks
- Briefcases


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