The Austin Young Lawyers Association Foundation is sponsoring a fashion show to benefit the Women’s Resource Fair, which provides food, clothing, medical care, hygiene care, childcare and job assistance to over 300 low-income women in Travis County.
The 3rd Annual Runway for Justice will be held on Thursday, March 23, at 800 Congress Ave. Austin, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. and will showcase men and women lawyers modeling casual, business and evening looks. Champagne, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served, and all guests will receive a SWAG bag. Claude Ducloux and Karen Burgess will emcee the event.
Clothes by: Estilo Boutique, Z Couture, Wally’s Menswear.
Accessories by: Ruby & Violet, Embellish Boutique, and Jackie Padilla of Stella and Dot.
Hair and makeup for models by Ritual Salon and Tiffany Taylor.
Onsite makeup for attendees by Blast Blowdry Bar.
Tickets to Runway for Justice are $60 per person. Purchase tickets at www.ayla.org.
Members of the media are invited to attend. Please contact Debbie Kelly, Debbie@austinbar.org, to arrange for a press pass.
Runway for Justice helps fund the Women’s Resource Fair which provides the following services:
· Medical services, including mammograms, pap smears, well women exams and wellness visits
· Confidential legal assistance with family law, child custody, domestic violence and protective orders, criminal cases, immigration, estate planning and consumer issues
· Mental health services
· Social services and shelter referrals
· Job skills, education and employment counseling
· Debt and credit counseling
· Clothing closet and haircuts
One woman, molested as a child and placed into foster care by Child Protective Services, put herself through school to be a private investigator while working several jobs. After being laid off and abandoned by her husband, she and her son became homeless. Her life changed after attending the Women’s Resource Fair. “I peeked into the main room of service providers, where a woman from Dress for Success was talking about jobs and interviews. I wondered, “Where is Dress for Success?” Maybe there I will find help, and indeed I did. Dress for Success outfitted me in interview suiting, which I wore out of the boutique. From there, I drove to downtown Austin and knocked on the doors of many attorneys to offer my Private Investigative Services. Without a business card or a website, I became an entrepreneur overnight. Four years later, I am one of 40 private investigators in Texas who own their own firm.”