DALLAS July 17, 2018 – Proof that “if you look good, you feel good” is evident through Mary Kay’s Suits for Shelters community campaign, now in its tenth year.  A partnership between Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠, the program supports domestic violence survivors with professional attire to help boost confidence as women start a new life free from abuse.  Since its inception, Suits for Shelters has collected nearly 20,000 pieces of professional clothing for women in need. 

Through Aug. 4, Tootsies, located in the Plaza at Preston Center in Dallas, will accept donations.  In return, those who donate items will receive a $25 Tootsies gift card.  To encourage community support for the annual clothing drive, WFAA-TV News Channel 8 is airing a series of public service announcements. 

“For a decade now, the simple act of donating a blouse or a skirt has changed an untold number of lives by providing domestic violence survivors with the confidence to make a fresh start,” said Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support.  “Domestic violence is an epidemic that impacts 1 in 4 women regardless of age, race and socio-economic status – it does not discriminate.  A professional opportunity can be a turning point for these women and Mary Kay’s Suits for Shelters program is the perfect platform to engage our community with tangible results.”

A proven leader in the fight against domestic violence, Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to help prevent and end abuse. To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ have given more than $57 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs to women’s shelters across the country.

“Empowering women and enriching their lives is part our of our corporate fabric and is at the very heart of the daily decisions we make at Mary Kay,” said Ryan Rogers, Chief Investment Officer at Mary Kay Inc., Vice President of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ and grandson of company founder Mary Kay Ash.  “Over the past ten years, we’ve seen firsthand how the Suits for Shelters program has provided the first step for survivors who are seeking employment and in turn, pursuing a life free from abuse.”

About Mary Kay

At Mary Kay, success lies in our dedication to irresistible products, a rewarding opportunity and positive community impact.  For 55 years, Mary Kay has inspired women to achieve their entrepreneurial goals in nearly 40 countries.  As a multibillion-dollar company, we offer the latest in cutting-edge skin care, bold color cosmetics and fragrances. Discover more reasons to love Mary Kay at marykay.com.

About The Mary Kay Foundation℠

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research for cancers affecting women and to end domestic violence.  Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded $47 million to domestic violence shelters and prevention initiatives and $28 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States.  More than 97% of each donated dollar goes to the missions. To learn more about The Mary Kay Foundation℠, log on to marykayfoundation.org