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GRAWA holds clothing drive, social hour

Molly Shepard coordinated the Working Wardrobe clothing drive as an active member of the Newly Admitted Women Attorneys Committee. She’s pictured here with Monroe County Family Court Judge Dandrea Ruhlmann and NAWA colleague Sherry Coronas.

The Newly Admitted Women Attorneys Committee, as part of the Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys, recently led a clothing drive to support the Volunteers of America’s Working Wardrobe program.

Gently-used clothing for women and men, shoes and accessories were collected in the lobby of the Telesca Center Jan. 30 through Feb. 1. Donations were also dropped off on Jan. 31 at Eros Restaurant in conjunction with a GRAWA Social Hour.

Between 30 to 40 people stopped by for the cocktail hour event, many bringing clothes on hangers and large shopping bags of clothes and footwear. Volunteers of America representatives Gail Berkes and Kristy Johnson were on hand to collect the donations and provide tax receipts.

The VOA’s Working Wardrobe program provides free business attire and interview skills counseling to assist individuals as they conduct job searches and move into the workforce. GRAWA member Molly Shepard coordinated the clothing drive with the help of fellow NAWA colleagues.

“GRAWA’s NAWA committee members are eager to become more involved with the community,” Shepard said. “As successful young professionals, we sought out this initiative to help others navigate the difficult job market. Volunteer of America’s Working Wardrobe was particularly in need of donations at this time, and we are proud that the NAWA committee and our GRAWA members were able to help in a substantial way.”

Eros Restaurant provided appetizers and several GRAWA members stayed afterwards for dinner.


— Photos by Nora A. Jones

Brighton Town Court Judge Karen Morris is pictured here with Jennifer Meldrum and Amanda Carden.

Gail Berkes from Volunteers of America’s Working Wardrobe program loads the car with donated clothing dropped off by GRAWA members.

Carey Ann Denefrio and Wende Knapp.

Amanda Ordyk pauses for a photo with Christen Coronetta.

Katie Courtney and Julie Bielecki were actively involved in getting the word out about the clothing drive.

Noreen Connolly and Susan Schultz Laluk were among the GRAWA members in attendance.

Working Wardrobe Program Manager Gail Berkes and Image Consultant Kristy Johnson gathered clothing donations brought in by GRAWA members.

Valerie Milonas, Liz Wolford, and Melanie Wolk also spent time with GRAWA colleagues on Jan. 31.

Raha Torabi and Heidi Faro from the Tracy Jong Law Firm.