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Young Professional Houston Women Rally For Dress For Success In a Lively Tootsies Night

Helping Less Fortunate Women WOW

BY // 08.22.22
photography Daniel Ortiz

The din in Tootsies was a sure indication that this was one lively night. And so it was when 300 women of young professional status gathered in support of Dress for Success’ youth group called Women of Wardrobe. The 19th annual Summer Soirées was a huge success, raising $15,000 for the nonprofit and serving as an introduction for many newcomers to the cause.

The fashion-oriented evening of food, fun and philanthropy featured Love the Label designs and designer Jay Lakhani with his fab and affordable jewelry under Deepa Gurnani.

More than 16 vendors provided food and drink from lively stations spread across the store. The ladies grazed through offerings from Armandos, 5411 Empanadas, Antone’s Famous Po’Boys, Liberty Kitchen, Kin Dee and more and sampled libations from Agavales Tequila, Chloe Wine Collection and Madame Zero Champagne.

Once she finally got the lively crowd’s attention, Tootsies store director Shelley Taylor Ludwick remarked on the longevity of the event which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next year. Privately, Ludwick allowed that she is already considering extra special happenings for the August 2023 20th anniversary event.

“We find it incredible how Dress for Success Houston provides women the tools to really feel empowered and strong at moments of their lives when they need it,” Ludwick told the gathering. “Tootsies has supported this event for 19 years and we have been in the community 50 years.

“We are proud to partner with WOW and Dress for Success Houston and can’t wait to celebrate 20 years next year.”

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Ellen Truong, Selina Tran, Jennifer Nguyen (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)
Ellen Truong, Selina Tran, Jennifer Nguyen at the Dress for Success Women of Wardrobe Summer Soirée at Tootsies. (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)

The femmes departed with loaded swag bags that included gifties from ALTO, Lemon Laine, Equinox, Topo Chico, Van Leeuwen Ice Cream, Blur Hard Seltzer, Celsius, Cheers and many more vendors.

PC Seen:  Event chairs Sarika Patel and Catherine Sdao, Tootsies owner Norman Lewis, Love the Label’s rep Kiran Pandher, Dress for Success Houston president Lauren Levicki Courville, 100.3 The Bulls Monica “Mo” Lunsford, ABC 13 news reporter Miya Shay, Katherine Ross, Courtney Harmon, Karishma Asrani, Melanie Mabry, Sterling Woerner, Olivia Awo, Kaitlyn Dhindsa, Daisy Mendoza, Ameena Rasheed, Victoria Villarreal and Clara Orlean.

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