On Tuesday April 22, boutique hotel (and frequent supporter of charitable causes) Hotel Monaco will hold its third annual “Drive by Suiting” to collect career-appropriate clothing – including underwear – for women seeking employment.
The project is one of many such “suitings” all Kimpton Hotels (Monaco’s parent company) will hold during April. The program will benefit Dress for Success, an international program that empowers disadvantaged women to join the work force.
Although Utah doesn’t have a Dress for Success program, Jody Vance, Hotel Monaco’s Sales Manager, said that Monaco will be partnering with charity group Junior League of Salt Lake City’s “Support Local Women” campaign to make this year’s event a success.
“It's so important to us [at Monaco] to be an integral part of our community and it's important to give back,” said Vance, who is leading this year’s event. “It's one of the projects that makes me so happy to be working at the Hotel Monaco, because it's as important to them as it is to me.”
Last year’s “suiting” drew in more than 5,000 clothing donations.
From 6:00-9:00 a.m. participants can swap women’s interview-ready clothing (including accessories, briefcases, belts, toiletries and plus-size outfits), new underwear and hosiery and gift cards for at least $15 from outlets such as Ross and TJ Maxx for hot chocolate, coffee and breakfast food at the hotel, as well as other prizes from Nutri Soda and Pink Magazine. Participants may also make cash donations.
The day will also feature a raffle for several prizes, including round trip airfare for two, Microsoft software, gift certificates from Landis Salon and Hess Travel and Zero-Haliburton purses. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the hotel’s front desk or obtained free with a donation of underwear.
Donations should be dropped off in front of the Hotel Monaco (200 South between Main Street and West Temple on the south side of the street). For more information call Jody Vance at (801) 990-9731 or email [email protected]