This idea came to us by way of Accent on Arrangements, A DMC Network Co. out of New Orleans (www.accent-dmc.com)…
This takes a little pre-planning but is not only a fun, real team-building thing, it’s one of those give-back-to-the-community things that make everyone better (in some way). “A on A” arranged a partnership with the nationally known charity, Dress for Success, a provider of business clothing for women in need. DFS helps them prepare for job interviews, and supports them with clothing to wear until they get that first paycheck.
The group is told before they even leave home that they will be participating in a community event and asked to bring (and donate) gently-used business clothing. The DMC also scoured some of the local thrift stores for more “eclectic” clothing and accessories, so when the event began there were racks of clothing and tables of other “stuff” that teams could use to create a collection of unique outfits.
Each team selected selects one of their own to be a model, and then had 15 minutes to “shop” the rack and another 15 to create the look. They model their creations before a panel of judges and a Runway Winner is named. All of this creative mayhem (and laughter) was followed by an inspiring talk from one of the charity’s Board members, and there were definitely lots of photo ops afterwards.
A good time was had by all, and the clothing was then donated to the charity along with an additional financial contribution from the client company.