April 10, 2014

Media Contact: CeCe Todd, (480) 461-4032

Fashion and interior design students at the East Valley Institute of Technology are ready to use their creativity and eye for style to create masquerade masks for the upcoming Positive Paths Dinner fundraiser.

Dr. Sally Downey, EVIT superintendent, and Janice Parker, director of partner development for EVIT, serve as board members for Positive Paths, a nonprofit focused on building life bridges for women by removing barriers that prevent them from being successful. The fundraiser on May 1 will be centered on the theme, “Life is a Masquerade,” and will include masks created by the EVIT students. The masks will be auctioned at the event with proceeds benefitting the Positive Paths program.

To create these one-of-a-kind masks, students are looking for donations of costume jewelry, feathers, beads, sequins, glitter, fabrics, glue and other various craft supplies. Gift cards are also appreciated for the purchase of supplies for this project. Donations can be dropped off at EVIT from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 1601 W. Main Street, Mesa (Building #1).

“Since the Positive Paths program opened on the EVIT campus, it has been an honor to provide their clients with career training opportunities” said Downey. “Gaining the right skills is essential to long-term employment and self-sufficiency, and EVIT looks forward to more women benefitting in the future.”

Tickets for the Positive Paths Dinner on May 1 at the Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa can be purchased for $125 each, or $1,250 for a table of 10, by calling (602) 261-7159.

About Positive Paths
Positive Paths is a State of Arizona non-profit organization that empowers women with accessibility to job training and education. Positive Paths has a vision to ensure more women in the East Valley learn self-sustainability through encouragement, job training, education, and HOPE to move forward with a rewarding and fulfilling future, no matter what their past.

By acting as the liaison to the resources in our community, Positive Paths guides women on a path toward a future without government assistance or having to be dependent on anyone other than the wonderful confident woman that she is capable of being!

It is the policy of the East Valley Institute of Technology District #401 to provide all persons with equal employment and education opportunities regardless of race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, age or disability. District grievance procedures will be followed for compliance with Title IX and Section 504 requirements. The compliance officer is the EVIT Superintendent.

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