Dress for Success, “One Woman Many Faces” presents an evening to remember.  A formal event which promises to deliver a full entertainment package. This Gala provides the opportunity to eat, drink and mingle with popular entertainers, media personnel, leaders in our communities as well as our hard working Dress for Success volunteers.

Our second annual Grand Gala is being held at the Carriage House Inn located at 9030 MacLeod Trail South on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 ​from 6:30pm – 11:30pm.

This event is geared to raise much needed funds to provide resources and fund our many planned projects to increase the awareness of Dress for Success services in Calgary.

Expect an evening of fabulous and impressive entertainment, prizes and surprises and imaginative fundraising ideas. Invest in the dream of our clients, volunteers, sponsors and ours! See you there!

Guest Speakers & Special Appearances

We are so happy to announce our Emcees for the evening are CTV Calgary’s Camilla Di Giuseppe and Darren Hailes.

Camilla Di Giuseppe

Camilla Di Giuseppe’s career in broadcasting spans well over a decade. The Toronto native began her on air work right out of college before landing at CTV Winnipeg as an anchor and reporter. She joined CTV Calgary in 2006 where she wears many hats but her main gig is producing and hosting the 11:30pm newscast. Camilla volunteers throughout Calgary particularly lending her talents to emcee galas and fundraisers… But she’s always ready to lace up for a charity 10k run, roll up her sleeves serving meals to Calgary’s less fortunate or rappel down 33 storeys raising awareness for a great cause!

WHY did Camilla want to get involved?

It was instinctual. When you are approached to lend your skills as part of a collective that wants to support people
who are looking to build/rebuild themselves and want to be a positive impact in our society, how does one say no? Dress for Success Calgary combines both some of those practical needs and the character building to help women take that brave step forward. We each have our own story of how we made it to where we are, and often there’s a chapter or two about how someone else lent us a hand when we perhaps needed it most. This collaboration is made up of some very talented, successful and caring people in our city, I am privileged to have been asked to be a part of it.

Darren Hailes  

Born and raised in Australia, Darren’s first taste of the entertainment industry as an adult was as a Deal or No Deal contestant when he won a meager $2,000. Having enjoyed entertaining a crowd, he began to pick up speaking and hosting roles on stage and on camera.

Darren has experience as an on-stage host for live events including banquets, awards nights and music festivals, loving both the excitement of live events and the pressure of reacting to unknown or unplanned elements. Darren enjoys either working with the energy of an audience or can easily warm up a weary crowd to welcome a performer to the stage.

On camera, Darren’s vibrant and excitable nature is warmly received by viewers. His energy lends itself nicely to entertainment projects but he also possesses an ability to inject humour and enthusiasm to educational or professional works.

Much of Darren’s training has come through building a long list of performing and communications roles. He is a spokesperson and writer for a major Canadian brand, has been a mascot for the Vancouver PNE, a dancer for the Olympic Winter Games ceremonies and has performed in bands, choirs and musicals.

What Else to Expect…

Special Presentations by some fabulous Guest Speakers to share their insights, love and heart on why they are involved with Dress for Success Calgary, including:
Carol Grant - Boutique Manager of Dress for Success Calgary
Karina Ramdath - Career Coach, YWCA of Calgary
Teresa Stevens  – Instructor/Facilitator, CES YWCA of Calgary
Veronica Condemi - Client of Dress for Success Calgary

Shop for a cause with our pop-up shops featuring Bano eeMee, Malika Couture, and accessories by Lia Sophia

Fashion Show featuring Real Women wearing Real Clothes for Real Life!

MUSIC – Wear your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie to the beats provided by our fabulous sponsor, DJ Jon Spade!

Silent Auction - featuring some fantastic donations from WestJet, FullerEdge Photography  TrenaLaine Makeup Artist, Hair Booth, Bombay Beauty Loft, EVStenroos, Life Chef, Caba Fashions, SLIVER Photography, Cinquecinto Cucina, Crabapple Clothing, National Golf Academy and much, much more!

Food & Drink – Expect a fantastic variety of passed hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar.


Event Location

Carriage House

Carriage House Inn 

9030 MacLeod Trail South

Calgary, Alberta





A BIG Thank You to all who have donated!