Rowan College at Gloucester County (RCGC) and Brooks Brothers team up for a repeat "Suit A Student" performance on Thursday, April 5, as eight students walk the red carpet academically and fashionably ready to take on the career world.
Celebrity fashion editor Stacy Wallace-Albert provides runway commentary for this year's unique fundraiser that partners RCGC with the business community. Wallace-Albert, principal stylist for Brooks Brothers, is a former fashion editor for Chicago magazine who has appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and shared her fashion expertise with CBS-Ch. 2 Chicago, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune and the "Home Shopping Network." With 25 years of fashion industry experience, she offers professional analysis and narrative about the Brooks Brothers clothing and accessories individually selected for each student based on their career choices and lifestyle.
This is the second year that the fashion show, spearheaded by RCGC's American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC), features the stylish clothing and accessories of Brooks Brothers, in addition to students receiving fashion advice and business etiquette tips from the company's experienced salespeople. What makes this collaboration even more extraordinary is a commitment from local businesses to help students feel more confident as they go forth into the working world. Corporate sponsors, such as Bellia, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, Inspira Health Network, Jefferson Health New Jersey, PCH Technologies, Republic Bank, South Jersey Federal Credit Union and Laura Bishop Communications have each volunteered to "suit" a student, dressing them for future success. The Gloucester Premium Outlets, Document Concepts Inc. and Gloucester County Institute of Technology cosmetology students are also providing support.
"The RCGC Chapter of AAWCC is proud to once again sponsor the Suit A Student event. Our partnership with Brooks Brothers and our other corporate sponsors supports our mission of scholarship, mentorship and service," said AAWCC President Linda Hurlbert, RCGC Vice President of Academics. "Our students have the opportunity to work with fashion professionals as well as AAWCC chapter members who volunteer as mentors and event staff. I hope the South Jersey community comes out to support this good cause on April 5."
The career readiness fashion event highlights the attributes and goals of each RCGC student model. Students were required to submit an application to become one of the eight lucky participants to receive a suit, dress or outfit, including accessories and a makeover.
The "Suit A Student" Fashion Show on April 5 begins at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center. A "meet and mingle" reception will be held in the College Center following the event to introduce guests to the evening's fashionable RCGC stars and generous show sponsors.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and can be purchased online by visiting RCGC.edu/SuitAStudent or by contacting Roxanne Somers at firstname.lastname@example.org /856-681-6211.
Student tickets are free (with ID) and are available at the Admissions Office in the Student Services building. Proceeds from the event fund the College's AAWCC scholarship endowment.
For more information about RCGC's "Suit A Student" Fashion Show, visit RCGC.edu/SuitAStudent.
Rowan College at Gloucester County is located on a 250-acre campus on Tanyard Road, Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.