(PRWEB) October 15, 2000
The Second annual Benefit theme is Âgiving people the opportunity to dream.Â
Los AngelesÂ October 12, 2000 STITCHES TECHNOLOGY: Sewn Products Job Creation Center, Inc, a non-profit organization located in South Central Los Angeles takes center stage at itÂs Second Annual Benefit ÂA Change for LifeÂ Concert honoring GROVER WASHINGTON JR. Thursday, October 12, 2000, at Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Cal-State LA, 5151 State University Drive. The reception is at 6:00 P.M. Jazz giants Kirk Whalum and Ronnie Laws will perform in concert at 8:00 P.M.
ÂThis yearÂs theme is ÂGiving People the Opportunity To DreamÂ, Â said Executive Director and Founder Clotee McAfee of STITCHES TECHNOLOGY. ÂLast year we raised nearly $200,000 to benefit the garment industry thanks to performances by multi-Grammy winning artist Stevie Wonder, who supports this organization. This year we hoping the benefit will raise $500,000 to continue this dream in Los Angeles. Â
ÂItÂs about hope,Â said Stevie Wonder. ÂItÂs about giving people the opportunity to dream and join in this celebration of the human spirit.Â Wonder plays harmonica on the title song of DREAMS (http://www.dreams.20m.com/about.html), a new groundbreaking music collection CD that will benefit STITCHES TECHNOLOGY. ÂThe musical was recorded in WonderÂs studio in West Los Angeles this year, and according to McAfee there will be undiscovered talent and some exciting and dynamic music legends for the material. Under consideration are: PATTI LABELLE; ÂA winner in you,Â KENNY ROGERS, ÂThe Greatest Take 6, When you wish upon a star,Â GLORIA ESTEFAN, ÂReach,Â and other music giants.
STITCHES TECHNOLOGY offers a comprehensive training and skills enhancement program in a teaching factory environment. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, which awarded STITCHES $500,000 in September 1999, it is a model project for the rest of the nation. Born out of a vision on the night of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, McAfee held an open house April 13, 2000, where GUESS? Inc contributed $40,000, and CORT Furniture supplied all of the office and lounge areas with furniture in the 18,000 sq. foot warehouse at 5609 McKinley Ave. Classes in sewing are held on site. Dozen of dignitaries, corporate and non-profit leaders were among the crowd.
ÂOur approach tackles the total needs of the individual while addressing the talent needs of the sewn products industry,Â explained McAfee. ÂOur goal is to provide technically skilled, employable and workforce ready workers who are capable of contributing specifically to the growing high tech needs of the garment industry and to society in general. The high-tech field is one of the fastest growing industry in CaliforniaÂ
This summer the STITCHES program was discussed with 1,200 students at the Pasadena Convention Center at the ÂCareers in Fashion/Entertainment Industry Conference, and recently some 200 students from LA Unified School District spent the day at the automated garment plant in a school district retail program sponsored by MacyÂs. ÂThe students were enlightened, and learned about career choices,Â said McAfee. ÂNow LAUSD is considering holding classes at STITCHES TECHNOLOGY.Â
Sponsors for this yearÂs benefit include: Stevie Wonder, Cal-State Los Angeles, Guess? Inc., STAPLES Center, Bank of America, CORT Furniture, Gerber Technology, Astechnologies,Southern California Edison, Juki International, SoCalGas Co., Eddie Bauer, California Apparel News, Bobbin Magazine, US Bank, and MAYO Communications, Los Angeles, CA.
Ticket prices: $25 - $50 - $100 - $250
For tickets call: (323) 343.6600
For information: (323) 846.7250
**For more information about STITCHES TECHNOLOGY and entry level sewing machine operator jobs and careers in apparel/sewn products industry call Clotee McAfee at 323.846.7250.
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