Broadway’s biggest stars helped to support Men’s Wearhouse’s fifth annual National Suit Drive on Monday, during the 66th Annual Tony Awards Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat.
Tyler Perry, Amanda Seyfried, Jesse Tyler Furgerson and John Larroquette were among the stars who personally styled professional suits to inspire looks to be donated to National Suit Drive. Their generosity will help men in need transition back into the workforce in each celebrity’s hometown.
Bernadette Peters, who was honored with the Isabelle Stevens Awards for her charitable work, was eager to support National Suit Drive at the Celebrity Retreat. Peters selected a lavender Egara slim-fit shirt with a Tommy Hilfiger yellow tie with blue polka dots, which was paired with a Kenneth Cole two-button charcoal suit. After styling the look she said, “He’ll get the job!”
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson donated a suit to help kick off Men’s Wearhouse’s fifth annual National Suit Drive and joked, “wear this [suit] with clean underwear”.
“This is a really great thing you are doing,” said 2011 Tony Award winner John Larroquette about Men’s Wearhouse’s National Suit Drive. The “How To Succeed In Business” star selected a Jones of New York black suit and black-and-silver check tie to donate to an unemployed man in his hometown of New Orleans.
Ben Vereen, 2012 Tony Awards Presenter and former Tony’s winner selected a Michael Kors off-white sport coat with Calvin Klein olive slacks with a light blue Jospeh Abboud shirt and a taupe paisley tie to donate to an unemployed man in need.
Minutes after winning the 2012 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play, Judith Light styled an interview suit to donate to National Suit Drive from Men’s Wearhouse to an unemployed man in need. She enthusiastically requested to donate the designer duds to a NYC charity.
“I love picking out ties,” said 2012 Tony Awards presenter Amanda Seyfried while she was styling a look to donate to National Suit Drive. “It’s really difficult though.”
Nobert Leo Butz designed an interview suit to donate to his hometown of St. Louis on behalf of National Suit Drive.
“I love this cause,” said Broadway star Bebe Williams. “I want to donate a suit to a man in need in Detroit, and find out who gets it.” Williams styled a Michael Kors two-button tan suit with a yellow tie with orange and blue flowers that National Suit Drive will donate to its Detroit nonprofit partner on his behalf.
Broadway star Mandy Patinkin supported Men’s Wearhouse’s National Suit Drive and said, “I want to meet the man behind the Men’s Wearhouse commercials,” referring to Men’s Wearhouse founder George Zimmer. Patinkin styled a Calvin Klein two-button modern-fit charcoal suit with a light gray shirt and a red and blue Tommy Hilfiger tie to donate to an unemployed man in need through the fifth annual National Suit Drive.
“With 12.7 million Americans still unemployed, it is as important as ever that efforts to help men re-enter the workforce remain top of mind,” said Doug Ewert, President and Chief Executive Officer at Men’s Wearhouse. “That is why we are excited to kick off the fifth annual National Suit Drive as part of the 2012 Tony Awards Backstage Creations Celebrity Retreat. This year, we are even more committed to helping Americans find their strong suit.”
To follow suit of these Broadways stars, Americans can donate at more than 900 Men’s Wearhouse and Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores around the country from June 27 – July 31.
Patrons can contribute their gently used men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes. All donated garments are distributed to local nonprofit partners that prepare men and women to re-enter the job market through resume-building workshops, interview preparation, and skills training programs. For every suit donated, Men’s Wearhouse will give two business ties to the cause.
This year, people can raise awareness by visiting the Men’s Wearhouse Facebook page to share images and videos or to track donations with a live donation tracker. They can also follow the conversation on Twitter for real-time updates with #giveasuit.
To learn more about how you can donate to The National Suit Drive, visit the Men’s Wearhouse website.