Dress for Success Toronto Announces Sponsorship Slate and Kick-off of 2015 Bay Street Suit Challenge

TORONTO, April 23, 2015 /CNW/ - RBC Capital Markets, the corporate and investment banking arm of Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) will open the market on April 28 to officially kick off Dress for Success Toronto's 2015 Bay Street Suit Challenge, as the event's title sponsor.

The signature corporate suit drive and fundraiser for Dress for Success Toronto encourages fun and a little friendly competition amongst Toronto companies, while enabling clients to radiate poise and that elusive something called "style".

Dress for Success Toronto is also delighted to announce the following generous sponsors of the Bay Street Suit Challenge and thank them for helping make this event such a success: 

Title Sponsor RBC Capital Markets; Wool Suit Sponsor Gowlings; Cotton Suit Sponsors CIBC, TD Securities; and Accessories Sponsors Aird & Berlis LLP, BMO Capital Markets, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Calvin Klein, Crowe Soberman LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Scotiabank, TalentNet, Torys LLP.

Other companies lending their support to the Bay Street Suit Challenge include Canoe Financial, CNW Group, J. Walter Thompson, KPMG, Miller Thomson LLP, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Property Divas (Sutton Group-Signature Realty Inc.), The Sosin Wealth Management Group (BMO Nesbitt Burns). Also supporting the fundraiser are Remco (transportation), Hogtown Brewers (awards party beer sponsor), Things Remembered (awards) and Hybrid Ideas (graphic design).

"The competition is win-win for over 2,000 disadvantaged women and men in Toronto," says Debbie Lupton, Executive Director of Dress for Success Toronto.  Proceeds will transform lives and allow clients to achieve economic independence.  Dress for Success Toronto is an organization founded on the belief that every person deserves a chance to succeed. This not-for-profit organization provides clients from low-income families a complete wardrobe for interviews and employment, as well as ongoing post-employment support.

The Bay Street Suit Challenge is a companywide suit drive that offers individuals the opportunity to clean out their closets as well as give to a worthwhile cause. Corporations are encouraged to donate new or nearly new professional clothing and accessories. The challenge focuses on collecting items such as high quality suits, shirts, unopened hosiery, costume jewellery, belts, shoes and purses, which contribute to helping women build self-esteem and confidence to enter the workplace. The winners of the challenge in the small, medium and large business categories will be announced at a celebratory after work party in mid-June – date and location TBA. 

Donate to the Bay Street Suit Challenge:  https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=1985&AID=2533

About Dress for Success Toronto

The mission of Dress for Success Toronto is to promote 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. Dress for Success Toronto provides each woman with interview appropriate suits when she has a job interview. Through their Career Center they offer career guidance, mock interviews and support in their job searches. When she successfully lands the job, she returns to Dress for Success Toronto for additional business-appropriate clothing that will help her build a professional wardrobe. She also receives an invitation to join the Professional Women's Group, our employment retention program, which provides a partnership of ongoing support and practical information, from understanding corporate culture to handling personal finances. Dress for Success Toronto serves job-ready women by referral only from a range of non-profit organizations.

Our programs help women transition towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Each woman is a success story: She has gone from unemployment to economic independence.

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For further information: Debbie Lupton, Executive Director, Dress for Success Toronto, Tel: 416.901.6022, Debbie@dressforsuccesstoronto.org, publicrelations@dressforsuccesstoronto.org, https://toronto.dressforsuccess.org/

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