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Dress for Success, Roll Call and FedEx Announce Congressional Dress for Success Challenge

May 19, 2009

The Senate and the House will face off to see who can outfit more Dress for Success D.C. clients during the Congressional Dress for Success Challenge.  Honorary Chairs Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) challenge their fellow Members of Congress, staff and friends to donate suits, gently worn shoes and accessories to help Dress for Success DC clients.  Dress for Success clients are often low-income women moving into the workforce, many for the first time.

The challenge begins at 8:30 am with buffet breakfasts at the Reserve Officers Association (Senate) and at Bullfeathers (House).  There is no official program – just a buffet and “go-boxes” for folks to drop of suits, pick up breakfast and head back to their offices.
Sen. Landrieu will host the Senate breakfast.  FedEx trucks and volunteers will be stationed at both locations throughout the day to collect donations.

FedEx is a national sponsor of Dress for Success.  This event marks the fourth year FedEx has helped Dress for Success DC, collecting more than 1,500 items of clothing to date.  Roll Call is the official media sponsor of the Challenge.  The Ratner Companies (Hair Cuttery, Bubbles and Salon Cielo) will provide (House & Senate Ethics approved) gift bags.  Charlie Palmer Steak will donate 10 percent of its lunch revenues on May 20 to Dress for Success DC.

Important Details:
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA)
Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-NY)
Joi Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Dress for Success Worldwide
Niki Leondakis, COO, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants & Board Chair, Dress for Success Worldwide
Gina Adams, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, FedEx

Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Suit drive begins: 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Breakfast: 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Senate Collection Point           
Reserve Officers Association           
One Constitution Avenue, NE

House Collection Point
Bullfeathers Restaurant           
410 First Street, SE

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About Dress for Success
Since opening their doors in 2002, Dress for Success D.C. has suited over 6,500 low-income women, many entering the workforce for the first time.  Dress for Success also provides career development workshops, computer training, credit repair and financial counseling.  Volunteer coaches enhance job retention and economic independence, provide networking skill development, mentoring, educational programs and support services.

About FedEx
FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services.  With annual revenues of $38 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand.  Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 290,000 employees and contractors to remain "absolutely, positively" focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities.  For more information, visit

About Roll Call Group
Founded in 1955, Roll Call Group is the leading news source for coverage of the people, politics and process that shape the legislative landscape. From our daily Capitol Hill newspaper, Roll Call, to our legislative wire service, CongressNow, to our centralized policy intelligence service, Briefing Room, and our comprehensive legislative-tracking service, GalleryWatch, Roll Call Group provides its readers with the tools, data and access to understand and influence Congress.