EmBe’s Dress for Success closet sale raises $14,000

SIOUX FALLS, SD (KELO) – The community of Sioux Falls came out in support of a recent EmBe fundraiser. His closet sale raised thousands of dollars earlier this month.

A little shopping at The Dress for Success closet sale went a long way.

The event raises funds to support EmBe’s programming.

“It was a wonderful turnout, we do three closet sales a year, we try to fit it into the season that we have for clothes, we have a spring, summer and one coming in the fall and so a great turnout,” executive director of women’s programming, Megan Bartel said.

This year, approximately $14,000 was raised during the closet sale.

“We are working to get back to pre-pandemic rates,” Bartel said. “Our last sale this spring, we made about $10,000, which is obviously extremely grateful to us for making that amount as well, but we were really trying to get a little higher than $10,000 and we were able to TO DO.”

After a successful sale, the organization needs donations to fill its Dress for Success store, as well as items for the next closet sale in November.

“Usually for our shop we ask for slightly used or even new clothes that are no more than five years old, and really we just want individuals to think about what you would be comfortable going to for an interview. or at your job,” programming coordinator Rachel Martens said.

While all donations are appreciated, it’s best to give something someone can feel confident in.

“It’s important for us to get quality so we can help individuals in the community,” Martens said.

The association also accepts monetary donations. A third of EmBe’s needs are specialty items that they don’t get through donations like certain sizes, winter coats, and steel-toed boots, so they have to purchase those items.

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