In late March of this year, Best of Texas threw a charity event, (you all helped us raised a ton of cash and a carload of donations for The Bridge, btw) with the help of their friends at Jack’s Backyard and local Dallas band, Eastwood. Little did I know I’d been nominated for TLC’s hit show, ‘What Not to Wear’ by my husband, Joshua. So it was at the event that Stacy and Clinton pounced. 

When I returned from my trip to New York, I wanted to find a way help give others a taste of the experience, because being on the show gave me far more than just a new wardrobe. Stacy and Clinton genuinely helped me find my confidence again. (Think ten years of cognitive behavioral therapy in a matter of days.) I knew we’d promised everyone a watching party, so it just made sense that we turn the party into a charity raffle that would benefit Attitudes & Attire.

Attitudes & Attire goes beyond traditional job training and self-confidence building workshops revolving around personal growth and communications skills. Attitudes & Attire’s clients, women who have had their opportunities for personal growth limited by a variety of issues including abuse, generational poverty, addiction and physical disabilities, also receive image consulting to help them select modern, professional clothing and accessories for the workplace from the Attitudes & Attire Boutique. Becca Haynes, Program Manager and Hopeful Smiles Director, says, “Everyday here at Attitudes & Attire we see how looking good can affect the way that you feel. So we are excited to be a part of such a fun and fitting event to benefit our clients!”

Within a matter of days, donations for the auction poured in from local businesses. Just a few of the packages for the event’s raffle include:

An autographed copy of What Not to Wear host Clinton Kelly’s book, ‘Freakin’ Fabulous’

56” freshwater pearl necklace with silver charms and diamond from local jewelry designer Cannon Lewis

Whole Foods Market grilling basket with a $25 gift card. The basket, which includes cedar planks, skewers and silicone basting brush, also comes along with a wide variety of rubs, marinades and sauces

Gift certificates and a private party, including cheese and wine, from Blues Jean Bar

Dear Clark salon has donated three gift packages, each of which include a consult cut and style from owner Kaycee Clark and color from either Kimmy Long, Mickey Black or Chantel Rome.

Private wine tasting and winery tour for ten at Times Ten Cellars

Other generous donors include:
Scardello Artisan Cheese, Pure Dental, Troy Richard Salon, Landmark Theaters, Hectors on Henderson, Etsy Dallas members: tefi designs, f. is for frank and Design Roots, Fashion Optical, Golden Beach Tan and Massage Envy.

Guests will be able to buy raffle tickets for $1 per ticket, and 100% of the proceeds will go to Attitudes & Attire. Buy early and buy often to increase your chances of winning! The more you help us raise, the more we can give to Attitudes & Attire!

This FREE event will kick off at 6 p.m. at Jack’s Backyard and will feature live music from Eastwood at 6:45 p.m. followed by the raffle at 7:45. At 8 p.m. all eyes will turn to the big screen as my sure to be somewhat embarrassing episode begins airing.

Will I go from looking like the worst of Texas to looking like the Best of Texas?

Join us on Friday, June 19, at Jack’s Backyard to find out.

To RSVP for the party, click here.

Jack’s Back Yard
Friday, June 19, 2009
6 to 9 p.m. – FREE

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