FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2009

Media Contact:
Michelle D. Bowen
518.463.3175 ext 101
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ACAP and Men’s Wearhouse Team Up for 2nd Annual National Suit Drive
Albany-based Nonprofit and Leading Men’s Retailer Work Together to Collect Professional Work Attire for Those in Need

Albany, NY - September 4, 2009 – Concerned that thousands of men are unable to secure employment because they lack the initial, yet vital, step of looking presentable for a job interview, Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP) and Men’s Wearhouse are working together to collect thousands of articles of professional attire as part of the 2nd Annual National Suit Drive, September 1-30.

ACAP along with more than 200 other nonprofit organizations has partnered with Men’s Wearhouse, the nation’s leading retailer of men’s tailored clothing, to help empower unemployed men by providing the necessary work attire that will build their self-esteem and help make a lasting impression during job interviews.

 “We are very excited to work with Men’s Wearhouse on the National Suit Drive campaign,” said Michelle Bowen, Director of Marketing and Development at ACAP. “Proper professional attire really makes a difference in the lives of our customers. With these donations, men will have the opportunity to walk into an interview with confidence – an essential step toward economic stability.  This is something, until now, ACAP has only been able to offer to our female customers through our Dress for Success Albany program.  We’re delighted.”

Last year, the inaugural suit drive garnered 125,000 professional items nationally, 412 locally.  This year, ACAP and Men’s Wearhouse have set a goal of not only gathering as many items as possible, but also increasing awareness about the importance clothing has on clients’ success as they work to overcome barriers to gainful employment. 

“It became apparent many years ago that there was a long-standing need to help men who are striving for self-sufficiency,” said George Zimmer, CEO and Chairman of Men’s Wearhouse.  “We started a Merchandise Donation program to provide professional clothing to nonprofit organizations serving these men.  However, our program could not meet the demand, so we implemented the National Suit Drive to assist us in our efforts to help less fortunate men by giving them a renewed sense of dignity and respect.  Philanthropy is a major part of our corporate fabric and given the economic climate, this year’s National Suit Drive is more important than ever.”

To demonstrate its commitment, Men’s Wearhouse will add a new tie to help complete the outfit for every suit donated.

All 1,065 Men’s Wearhouse and Men’s Wearhouse & Tux locations will serve as drop-off sites for gently used suits, dress shirts, sport coats, slacks, ties, belts and shoes that will be used to benefit men in need of these items to transition into the workforce.  Men’s Wearhouse will accept donations for ACAP, which in turn will provide them to individuals who utilize their services.  For a complete list of drop-off locations, please visit www.nationalsuitdrive.com.

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. ACAP currently runs 14 programs and services in 17 locations around Albany County.  Visit www.albanycap.org to learn more.

About Men’s Wearhouse
Founded in 1973, Men's Wearhouse is one of North America's largest specialty retailers of men's apparel with 1,284 stores. The Men's Wearhouse, Moores and K&G stores carry a full selection of designer, brand name and private label suits, sport coats, furnishings and accessories.

 

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