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#SwapForSuccess: Reflecting On Our 2nd Annual Benefit

#SwapForSuccess: Reflecting On Our 2nd Annual Benefit

A hearty group of swappers braved the rain and unpleasant commute conditions to join us for a successful fundraiser. It may be safe to say we all walked out with our wardrobes much roomier even though everyone scored some great finds! On behalf of Everchange Fitness, we truly appreciate the cash and clothing donations that will all benefit Dress for Success San Francisco.
So why do I hold an annual clothing swap? Let’s face it. It’s EXPENSIVE to buy new clothing after your body changes shape. It doesn’t matter if you gain or lose weight. Constant wardrobe replacements can be hard to manage.
Between May of 2009 and October of 2010, I dropped SIX clothing sizes. Every three months on average, I was needing to replace my clothes because they’d become too baggy and wouldn’t look professional enough for my receptionist job. This might not be a problem, if you only had to do it once. Fortunately, I had a pretty great system set up with friends and other co-workers. We’d offer all our clothing to the next appropriate person, and spread the love along from there. I couldn’t have imagined how I would have struggled had I needed to pay for the bulk of those clothes!
That’s also why I chose Dress for Success San Francisco as the recipient of all proceeds and donations. The event itself was a wonderful time to celebrate community. All appropriate attire, accessories, and all financial donations have been gathered for delivery to Dress for Success San Francisco. Anything that didn’t meet the donation criteria was immediately taken to Community Thrift, a San Francisco thrift store that allows the donor choose a benefit to support.
Thanks again to all our participants and visitors for making this special and allowing us the means to give back. We also owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to:
  • Stella & Dot consultant Tara Costello for holding a trunk show feature some lovely jewelry and accessories.
  • Bare Snacks for the DELICIOUS apple chips.
  • Equator Coffee for the fuel that kept us going.
To a healthy and happy community,
Coach Jeri

 

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