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With high energy bills, the price of groceries and gas, a lot of women on St. Croix run short on money for decent clothing for work. The Women’s Coalition put on a Dress for Success private affair on Saturday, for their clients, at the Walsh Metal Works Gallery in Peter’s Rest.
The women all went home with two outfits, one pair of shoes, a purse, and accessories such as earrings and necklaces, all free. There were little worn designer dresses, and items with price tags still on them.

“They can’t afford to buy clothes,” Andrea Petersen, coalition court advocate crisis counselor, said. “Right now they can only buy groceries and pay LEAC.” Graduates and students of Project Link, adults who have been given a second chance at getting a high school diploma, were also invited.

There was a large donation of professional women’s clothing that had belonged to attorney Linda Baxter, who passed away in June 2010. It was Baxter’s wish that the clothing be given to clients at the coalition.

They also brought in merchandise from Closet to Closet Women’s Coalition resale shop. The Superior Court donated navy blue suit jackets, skirts, blouses and dresses perfect for business wear. Volunteers and employees of Women’s Coalition also donated clothing.

Benjamin said the committee couldn’t have done the event without the support of Barbara and Mike Walsh and O’Neals Transport for moving the merchandise and display racks. Ashley Stewart clothing donated hangers and Marianne’s clothing loaned round display racks that were placed tastefully around the huge gallery.