Put on your dancing shoes for a night of food, fun and, of course, dancing for a great cause. Dignity U Wear is holding Dancing with Dignity, a fundraiser at the Havana Club in Kenton Place on April 30. The night will include live and silent auctions as well as performances by the Havana Club dancers. Morgan Fogarty, Fox News, will be presenting her dance debut.
Dignity U Wear is a nonprofit organization with a mission to positively impact the lives of children and their families in need by providing them with new clothing at no cost. The foundation was founded in April 2000 in Jacksonville, Fla., by Holocaust survivor Henri Landwirth. "I know what is means not to have clothes, to be stripped of dignity and to give up all hope," Landwirth said.
Only new clothes are distributed because he feels that it helps restore broken spirits, hope and self-esteem.
Since its inception, Dignity U Wear has donated over 6.6 million pieces of clothing valued at over $112 million to more than 435,000 children, men and women nationwide. New clothing is donated by manufacturers and distributors all across the United States. Some of the organization's big suppliers are Phillips-Van Heusen, Fishman & Tobin, Cato, Children's Apparel Network and Stein Mart.
Program initiatives include providing school clothing for children, helping the homeless, supporting back to work programs with interview suits and work clothes, and crisis assistance for people who have experienced unexpected emergencies.
Dignity U Wear recently expanded to the Charlotte area and is already helping several local charities. They have quickly become the second largest location, behind Jacksonville, for the organization. Local agencies they support are: Alexander Youth Network, Christ our Sheppard Ministries, Dress for Success, Jacob's ladder, Logan Community Day Care, Mooresville Christian Mission, Lydia's Loft, Room at the Inn, the Harvest Center and Thompson Child and Family Focus. The funds collected from ticket sales and the auctions on April 30 will go toward these local charities.
Executive Director Bob Bryan is looking forward to this particular event. "It is a chance for us to meet people in Charlotte," he said. He is from North Carolina and is pleased with the successful expansion in this area.
Keep your eyes open for another Dignity U Wear fundraiser that will be coming to the Charlotte area soon. It is called Undie Sunday and Undie Monday and is a drive to collect new underwear for children and their families. In Florida, they have collected over 300,000 pieces of underwear in the past four years. People can donate online or collect underwear to donate.