Newsletter-2012 Spring-Confidence in Bloom

 Spring 2012
Spring is about ushering in color. So while you’re looking to brighten the palette of your wardrobe, don’t forget your handbag. From pastels to vibrant hues, from stripes to polka dots, choose from a variety of fun colors and patterns to complement your wardrobe and make a dazzling impact!

In This Issue

Attend These
Upcoming Events!

Client Story: A Former Client Now Refers Others to Wings

Wings Welcomes Six New Board Members

Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Blank

Thank You to Our Supporters

Current Clothing Needs

Scrubs in all sizes

Spring coats

Light sweaters

Black handbags
in good condition

Contemporary spring/summer business casual clothing (especially in plus sizes)

Camisoles, new bras, knee highs

To donate items,
contact us

Support Women in Need

Help empower women…
CONTRIBUTE to Wings today

Looking to Volunteer?

To learn more about our volunteer opportunities,
click here.

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View Our 2011 Annual Report

Client Comment Corner

“Thank you for bringing me back to life.  I feel new.”  — PG

“Your staff has helped me to regain confidence in my appearance.  Thanks again, Wings for Success.”  — TB

“I came in to get two sets of scrubs and I am walking out with three bags of clothing. I am amazed at the generosity here. I am grateful for the experience.”
 — TD

“This experience was exactly what I needed to make my job search more fulfilling. A special thanks to all of your staff!”  — DH

“I was so very impressed with the courtesy and knowledge of the volunteers as well as their excellent taste! I will feel much more confident walking into my next job interview!”  — LC

“The ladies made me feel like a LADY.”  — AF

“You guys really rolled out the red carpet for us. Thanks.”  — TB

“The whole staff is absolutely wonderful. Kind, caring and informative. I would like to volunteer here when I get on my feet.  Thank you so much for this program.  It is a godsend.”  — VV

“Above and beyond!  I don’t know what I would do without Wings for Success.  Honestly, I’d probably be panicking trying to find something to wear.  Thank you!!!”  — KP

Attend These Upcoming Events!

Shop, socialize, check out the latest spring fashions…and support Wings for Success in the process. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events that benefit our organization and the women we serve:

Spring Fashion Event
Ultimate Image Salon (260 North Pottstown Pike; Exton)
Sunday May 6
2 to 4 PM
For information: (610) 363-8710

Shopping Event
Gingy’s Fashion & Home Décor (12 West King Street; Malvern)
Thursday May 10
5 to 8 PM
Gingy’s, voted Best Boutique (2010) and Best Sportswear and Accessories (2011) by Main Line Media News, will donate 15% of their shopping event sales to Wings for Success. Light refreshments and wine will also be served.
For information: (610) 644-0200

Interested in planning your own event to benefit Wings for Success? Whether you’re looking for an event suggestion or have one of your own, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us today at!

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Client Story: A Former Client Now Refers Others to Wings

To the women veterans she now counsels in her job at the Veterans Administration, Janet has some powerful words to share:  I’ve been in your shoes.

Back in 2008, Janet was referred to Wings for Success through a local welfare office, which had been providing food assistance and medical coverage for herself and her daughter. Janet, who had worked in various short-term jobs, was hoping to put her associates degree to work in a more long-term and professional position.

She remembers distinctly her first impression of Wings: “I was surprised there was a place like that for people. I guess I expected it to look like Goodwill with clothes piled up. When I walked in, I was so amazed. I was treated like a queen. I thought I was shopping at Lord and Taylor!”

Janet wore an outfit she received at Wings for her job interview at the VA, where she was hired in February of 2011 as a Vocational Specialist.

In a tale that comes full circle, Janet now refers a number of VA clients to Wings. She talks with pride about one client in particular—a reserved woman—whom she brought to Wings. “Going to Wings together brought our relationship to another level,” Janet says. “It was the first time I saw her smile and laugh.”

Janet now views trips to Wings as a bonding opportunity between herself and her clients. She is quick to share her own story with the women she counsels, telling them how nicely she was treated at Wings and what a difference the experience made in building her self-esteem. As Janet aptly sums up: “How a person looks on the outside has a lot to do with how they feel on the inside.”

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Wings Welcomes Six New Board Members

Our all-volunteer Board of Directors recently embarked upon a significant expansion effort. In response to our call to action, 31 individuals from a cross section of the community participated on a Blue Ribbon Nominating Committee. After learning of our strategic goals, opportunities and challenges, participants nominated individuals for Board consideration – individuals who might help us on our journey.  We were heartened by the response with 28 nominees. After working through the process further, it is with great pleasure that we will begin 2012 with six new Board members. Each brings a unique background, skill set, and network of resources that complement and build upon our already strong base. The organization stands tall with strong leadership in place.  For a list of the individuals comprising our 2012 Board of Directors, click here.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Bonnie Blank

As a dedicated Wings for Success volunteer for nearly seven years, Bonnie Blank is no stranger to doing whatever it takes to help us meet our mission.

Before coming to Wings in 2005, Bonnie served as a Dress for Success speaker at her synagogue. With her love of sewing, knitting, textiles, and clothing, volunteering as a dressing consultant at Wings seemed a natural fit. Within a year, Bonnie was invited to join our Board of Directors.

A self-described do-er, Bonnie served on the Board in whatever capacity was needed, whether that meant acting as treasurer, organizing fundraisers, helping scout out a new location for Wings, or planning social events.

Of her many responsibilities, the one she found most rewarding was outfitting clients. Touched by the gratitude expressed by so many women in need, Bonnie knew that there was very little separating clients from the rest of us. “It’s so humbling to know that we could be any one of these women who come to us,” she says. “You never know what tomorrow will bring.”

Says Diane Mills, Program Manager at Wings: “Bonnie is one of the most generous and kind women I have ever met. She is very much loved in her wide circle of friends and is always thinking of others.”

Bonnie also speaks highly of the friendships she’s formed with the volunteers she’s worked with over the years: “There is such a diverse group of women and everyone is working towards a common goal.”

Earlier this year, Bonnie stepped down from the Board to devote more time to her infant grandson. Still, she continues to play an active and important role on our volunteer committee. Says Bonnie: “I hope to be involved in Wings for many years to come.”

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Thank You to Our Supporters

Recent Benefactors
Wings for Success is proud to recognize the individuals and organizations whose generous contributions help us reach our goals:

Kathryn Byrne
Bonita Cody
Vicki and Michael Deady
Deena Falk
Carolyn Fromer
Marcy Kaufman
John Maxwell, through United Way Campaign at Deloitte
Sue and Jack Reinhardt
Richard Siegel, through J&J Giving Campaign
Eleanor Shpiz

Brook J. Lenfest Foundation
Pennsylvania Foundations Online Outreach Fund, a fund of the Chester County Community Foundation
Employee Community Fund of Boeing
Institute of Management Accounts – West Chester University Student Chapter
Patricia Kind Family Foundation
TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation
WSFS Bank, recommended by Joseph Fabrizio/Rainer and Company
The Walmart Foundation/Sam’s Club of Exton
Wendell August Forge

Gift-in-kind Supporters
Gifts of product and/or services are always appreciated. We are so grateful for this community support.

Charmingly Linda's
Chester County Paralegal Association
Lulu's Boutique
Maria Fe's Upscale Consignment
Support 1000
The Nottage Project

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