For Immediate Release:
July 27, 2012

Media Contact:
Olga Vega
OlgaV@miamidade.gov
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Local officials and organizations push for donations on last day of National Suit Drive

Annual donation drive aims to help local men and women find employment

 


(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse for the last day of its National Suit Drive. The commissioner will be at the Men’s Wearhouse, 1650 NW 107th Avenue, near International Mall on Tuesday, July 31, 2012, urging residents to donate men’s and women’s suits for residents in need who are transitioning into the workforce. The collection drive is from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Throughout the month of July, Men’s Wearhouse locations across the country have been accepting donations of gently-used professional attire to give men and women a chance to transform their lives. So far in Miami, Men’s Wearhouse has collected 100 pieces of professional clothing, but aims to have at least 300 items donated to help unemployed Miami residents “suit up.” As an incentive for residents to donate, the Miami Dolphins have provided Commissioner Diaz with two tickets for a pre-season game, which will be given to the 301st person to donate a suit. The Miami Marlins have also committed to participating and will be giving out tickets to some of their games as well. All donated professional attire will stay in Miami-Dade County and go to local residents looking for employment.

“Looking professional for a job interview usually gives a candidate an advantage, but many residents who are facing financial difficulties due to lack of a job may not have the means to purchase appropriate attire,” said Commissioner Diaz. “Men’s Wearhouse is offering residents in our community an opportunity to turn their lives around and make that great first impression to gain employment. Please take a look in your closets for that suit that’s been sitting there and donate it for a terrific cause.”

Commissioner Diaz will be donating a suit, as well as the mayors and commissioners of the municipalities located in his district, and the Miami Dolphins. In addition to collecting men’s and women’s suits with minimal wear, Men’s Wearhouse will also accept shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes. Every person who donates professional attire will receive a Men’s Wearhouse coupon for 50 percent off a regular-priced retail item (excluding shoes and “Everyday Low Price” items). Men’s Wearhouse will also be providing tax receipts. All suits will go to the Greater Miami Service Corps.

Residents are also asked to let their social network know they #giveasuit. Men’s Wearhouse will donate $1 to the cause (up to $25,000) for each “like” the National Suit Drive on Facebook receives, and for each use of the #giveasuit hash tag on Twitter.

Clothing can be donated at any Men’s Wearhouse near you (check your local store for hours). For more information, please visit www.menswearhouse.com.


 
Who: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz
Men's Wearhouse near International Mall
Miami Dolphins
Miami Marlins
Various elected officials from Miami-Dade's District 12

What:Men's Wearhouse National Suit Drive

When: July 31, 2012, 11:30 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Where:Men's Wearhouse 1650 NW 107th Avenue


 

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY COMMISSIONER JOSE PEPE DIAZ DISTRICT 12
Stephen P. Clark Center
111 NW 1st Street, Suite 320 Miami, Florida 33128
(305) 375-4343