State Fair Community College’s Phi Beta Lambda and business program students will be hosting their 10th annual Hire Attire professional clothing sale next week, and they are still looking for donations.
Clothing was collected Thursday on campus, and Laura Taylor, adjunct instructor and chair of the Hire Attire Committee, said they had a large amount of items already.
“It’s going really well,” she said. “We had probably 20 racks with clothes on them. They’re not totally full yet, but a good selection. We have a variety of sizes anywhere from petite to women’s size 20. And some nice men’s shirts and pants and suits. And a rack of dresses, plus shoes, purses and ties.”
Items will be collected again from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday in Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Center on campus. Items requested include jackets, slacks, shirts, ties, blouses, skirts, suits, dresses, sweaters and accessories, but so far Taylor said the item they have the least of is women’s dress pants.
“I’m surprised we don’t have any more ladies pants than we do, but we still have another whole day,” she said. “You never know, it’s just a leap of faith every time we have collection days. We have no idea what we’ll get, but we have some really nice, quality name brand clothes. We had someone from Jefferson City, Warsaw and Warrensburg bring clothes in today, and some of them had donated before.”
To help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the event, there will be drawings throughout the sale next week. During the student sale Wednesday, students who purchase 10 items will have their name put in a drawing for one of three $100 gift cards to JCPenney. Once the sale is open to the public, there will also be four $50 gift cards to JCPenney given away.
The money raised goes toward the Hire Attire Scholarship, which is given away during honors convocation each year. The $500 award helps a student graduating with an associate’s in applied science purchase clothing for their professional career, or it can be used to purchase technology.
“It helps them get their wardrobe established,” Taylor said. “One year we had a young lady whose house burned down. She got a job and needed clothes, so it was a godsend for her.”
The event raises money for scholarships, but it also gives students the chance to help them succeed in finding a job after graduation. Taylor said she’s heard plenty of stories from students who benefited from the sale, and not just in their professional lives.
“We like to think we’re student-centered and this is really student focused,” she said. “I had a student come in one year who said ‘I can’t tell you how beneficial this is this year, my husband left me with the clothes on my back.’ Someone gave her $20, and she was able to get 20 items to help her through the next few months.
“It really benefits the students. It says a lot when donors save clothes every year just for Hire Attire. They think it’s such a worthwhile project.”
There will be a fashion show highlighting some of the available items beginning at noon Wednesday in Lamm’s Landing outside the Stauffacher Center for the Fine Arts. In case of inclement weather, it will be in the Yeater Learning Center lobby.
The sale is open to SFCC students from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and it will open to the public and students from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to noon Thursday. It will take place in the Thompson Conference Center in the Heckart Science and Allied Health Center. Each item will cost $2 on Wednesday and $1 on Thursday.
For more information, email Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cathy Wilson at 530-5800, ext. 7207.