Saskatoon fashion show raises thousands for Dress for Success
'Ensemble' event raises more than $40,000 for Saskatoon non-profit
People in Saskatoon are showing off high-end clothing to help women who can't afford it.
Hundreds of people in the city attended a fashion show called 'Ensemble' on Thursday night. All of the proceeds from the event are going to Dress for Success Saskatoon, a non-profit organization that helps disadvantaged women get professional attire for job interviews.
Fay Gabrielson, co-founder of Dress for Success Saskatoon, said they helped more 120 women in the city who otherwise couldn't afford suitable work clothes.
"They come in with little to no self-confidence and they leave with their heads held high and they feel so strong," Gabrielson said. "Many of them say, 'I just feel like a princess and I just feel such gratitude to Dress for Success.' That's what it's about."
Gabrielson said more donations are always needed, including clothes but especially oral hygiene products and jewelry.
"We're expecting more in the near future so that just shows you that there is a need in Saskatchewan," Gabrielson said.
Organizers expected to raise more than $40,000 for Dress for Success Saskatoon, which Gabrielson said is essential to keep the organization alive.