Dress for Success Toronto Announces Winners of Bay Street Suit Challenge

Thousands of GTA employees come together to support job seeking women

TORONTO, June 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Dress for Success Toronto, a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the economic independence of women across the GTA, announced the winners of the 2016 Bay Street Suit Challenge at a lively celebration on June 22th at the Irish Embassy Pub and Grill.

The awards ceremony saw Scotiabank come in 1st for the third year running. In second place was Crowe Soberman followed by CIBC in third place. None of this would have been possible without the ongoing support of RBC Capital Markets, our Title Partner for the second year in a row.

"Dress for Success Toronto and the thousands of Bay Street Suit Challenge participants know that together, we are changing the face of poverty in the GTA. Resources raised go directly to empowering our clients to enter the workforce." says Debbie Lupton, Executive Director of Dress for Success Toronto. She added, "This year's Bay Street Suit Challenge was the most successful to date raising almost $55,000 for the charity as well as seeing almost 15,000 pieces of professional wear donated for our clients. Thank you to all of our partners, their employees and others who donated so generously. "

The 2016 Bay Street Suit Challenge would not have been possible without the generous support of the following partners:

Title Partner:                    

RBC Capital Markets

Wool Suit Partner:             

Gowling WLG

Courage Partners:             

Calvin Partner

Corporate Partners:           

BMO Capital Markets; Lee Hecht Harrison Knightsbridge; Meeting Encore Ltd.; Oxiclean and Scotiabank

Cotton Suit Partners:         

CIBC, Crowe Soberman and TD Securities

Accessories Partners:         

Accenture Canada; BLG Borden Ladner Gervais; BMO Nesbitt Burns; Capco; McCarthy Tétrault; Miller Thomson; Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Special Partners:

Johnson & Johnson Medical Group and Sutton Group Signature.

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The Bay Street Suit Challenge sees corporate partners participate through companywide efforts offering employees the opportunity to clean out their closets to donate new or nearly new professional clothing and accessories as well as to provide financial support to a worthwhile cause. 

Donations will transform lives and allow 1,500 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 pre and post-employment support.

About Dress for Success Toronto

Dress for Success Worldwide is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women located in more than 150 cities across 22 countries. The professional clothing, employment retention programs and ongoing support that Dress for Success provides their clients symbolizes faith in every woman's ability to be self-sufficient and successful in her career.

Dress for Success Toronto serves job-ready women by referral from a range of non-profit organizations. The programs offered help women transition towards self-sufficiency by addressing their social and economic needs in relation to work, home and community. Ultimately, each woman is a success story: She has gone from unemployment to economic independence.


SOURCE Dress for Success

For further information: please contact:Debbie Lupton, Executive Director, Dress for Success Toronto, Tel. 416-901-6022 x 5022, debbie@dressforsuccesstoronto.org, publicrelations@dressforsuccesstoronto.org, https://toronto.dressforsuccess.org/, Charity Registration # 889786216RR0001 #2016BayStreetSuitChallenge Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HU5toUaXwI

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