OC Women2Women and Working Wardrobes collaborate in event at Fashion Island’s Neiman Marcus

Empowering other women to be confident in job interviews, bolstered by their attire, was at the top of the charitable minds that gathered at Fashion Island’s Neiman Marcus late Wednesday morning for a collaboration between local nonprofits OC Women2Women and Working Wardrobes.

At a luncheon event hosted by the retailer and the two organizations, guests learned of the newest trends for the upcoming season, which were shown by Neiman Marcus models. Just outside, staff received gently used clothing donated by attendees and slipped them onto racks they ferried across the parking lot to the Working Wardrobes collection truck.

More than 200 donated outfits were collected Wednesday, and Neiman Marcus will gift a portion of the event’s proceeds to the effort, according to Working Wardrobes.

Working Wardrobes chief executive officer Bonni Pomush said the idea for the event started with Karen Butera King, the president of OC Women2Women.

Johannah Hulme of Working Wardrobes collects and organizes woman's wear.

Johannah Hulme of Working Wardrobes collects and organizes woman’s wear from donations during the OC Women2Women Club benefit luncheon. Over 200 outfits were collected on Wednesday.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

“This is an opportunity for women who are engaged with OC Women2Women to support Working Wardrobes in our effort to help people overcome all sorts of barriers to gainful employment,” Pomush said, commending King for her work on the event. “Today’s event is a combination of sharing a passion for fashion with the goodhearted desire to do something good in the world for our fellow humans.”

Pomush said King reached out to her in December and noted that OC Women2Women, which focuses on women in underserved Orange County communities, regularly supports Working Wardrobes but that “this year, I think we’re going to find that she really knocked it out of the park.”

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