(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Miami-Dade residents came out in full force on the last day of Men's Wearhouse's National Suit Drive aimed at collecting professional attire to help men and women "suit up" on their job hunts. Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz partnered with Men's Wearhouse on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 to rally elected officials, business owners, and residents together to donate their gently-used clothing. By closing time, the Men's Wearhouse located at 1650 NW 107th Avenue had collected 150 garments, which included suits.
Photo caption: Reisy Rosas, Men's Wearhouse Store Manager, Robert Cabanas, Men's Wearhouse Regional Manager, Carlos Mejia "El Fashion Guru", Commissioner Diaz and Mayor Ramon Rodriguez from the Town of Medley.
Throughout the month of July, Men's Wearhouse locations across the country accepted donations of professional attire to give men and women a chance to transform their lives. Prior to this event, Men's Wearhouse in Miami had collected 100 pieces of professional clothing.
To help the store get more donations, Commissioner Diaz and several community organizations donated suits and professional attire on the drive's final day. Donations came in from the Miami Dolphins and the Miami Marlins as well. The Marlins also gave two tickets each for an upcoming game to the first 50 people who donated clothing, and the Dolphins also offered up a pair of pre-season tickets.
Other donations came from notable residents like Mark Griffin, Exxon-Mobil's Operations Manager for the Americas, Carlos Mejia, "El Fashion Guru," David Bercuson, prominent entertainment lawyer, NCIS actress Cote de Pablo, and a number of municipal officials in Commissioner Diaz's district.
Photo caption: Reisy Rosas, Men's Wearhouse store manager, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Robert Cabanas, Men's Wearhouse Regional Manager and Keith Whitbeck, who is donating suits.
"Looking professional is a major component in acing a job interview, and I was happy to help Men's Wearhouse collect donated clothing to help locals in their job searches," said Commissioner Diaz. "All donated clothing will go to the Greater Miami Service Corps to help residents make a great first impression during their next interview."
The Greater Miami Service Corps will be receiving the suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes for local residents and veterans looking for employment. Residents were 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 received, and for each use of the #giveasuit hash tag on Twitter.
For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.