STEVIE WONDER BENEFIT -An Evening of Cool Jazz and "A Change For Life” Benefit Concert to Pay Tribute to Grover Washington Jr. and STITCHES TECHNOLOGY

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The Second annual Benefit theme is “giving people the opportunity to dream.”

Los Angeles— 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 it’s Second Annual Benefit “A Change for Life” 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.

“This year’s theme is ‘Giving People the Opportunity To Dream’, “ said Executive Director and Founder Clotee McAfee of STITCHES TECHNOLOGY. “Last 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“It’s about hope,” said Stevie Wonder. “It’s about giving people the opportunity to dream and join in this celebration of the human spirit.” Wonder plays harmonica on the title song of DREAMS (, a new groundbreaking music collection CD that will benefit STITCHES TECHNOLOGY. “The musical was recorded in Wonder’s 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; “A winner in you,” KENNY ROGERS, “The Greatest Take 6, When you wish upon a star,” GLORIA ESTEFAN, “Reach,” 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.

            Â“Our approach tackles the total needs of the individual while addressing the talent needs of the sewn products industry,” explained McAfee. “Our 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 California”

         This summer the STITCHES program was discussed with 1,200 students at the Pasadena Convention Center at the “Careers 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 Macy’s. “The students were enlightened, and learned about career choices,” said McAfee. “Now LAUSD is considering holding classes at STITCHES TECHNOLOGY.”

Sponsors for this year’s 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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