Mary Kay Foundation, TOOTSIES Partner To Benefit Survivors of Domestic Violence

Bianca Jackson and Jan Langbein of Genesis Women’s Shelter, the beneficiary of Suits for Shelters, at 2017 Suits for Shelters celebration

The Mary Kay Foundation and Mary Kay Inc. will partner with TOOTSIES for its tenth annual Suits for Shelters initiative, a four-week community campaign to collect women’s professional attire.

Starting July 1, any TOOTSIES shopper that brings in a donation for the women’s professional clothing drive will receive a $25 gift certificate to the Preston Center shop.

The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to preventing and ending domestic violence.

Ryan Rogers, Mary Kay vice president of strategic initiatives and CIO of Mary Kay Inc. and vice president of the Mary Kay Foundation, and Maleiah Rogers at 2017 Suits for Shelters celebration.

A key component of ending the cycle of abuse is helping a survivor along with their recovery secure employment and financial independence.

The Suits for Shelters partnership supports domestic violence survivors by collecting professional attire to help boost confidence and aid in job interviews as they start their new lives free from abuse. Since 2009, the program has collected more than 22,000 pieces of professional attire for women in need.

This year, the organization hopes to collect thousands of professional clothing items to benefit 11 Dallas-Fort Worth area organizations such as The Family Place, Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Hope’s Door New Beginning Center and others who are committed to helping women live a life free from abuse.

The initiative runs through Aug. 4

Bianca R. Montes

Bianca Montes is an award-winning journalist and former Managing Editor of Preston Hollow People. She currently serves as a Senior Editor with D Magazine's D CEO publication. You can reach her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Instagram @Bianca_TBD. For the latest news, click here to sign up for our newsletter.