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Chrysler Group's 'Suits, Cars and Seminars' Event Nets Hundreds of Suits for Local Charity

* Metro Detroiters supported Chrysler Group's Women's Forum event by donating 1,110 articles of clothing to benefit Jackets for Jobs Inc. in exchange for free auto show admission * DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund also provided $25,000 grant to organization * Jackets for Jobs' clients received makeovers from Beauty First and Parisian in Rochester Hills

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 24 -- Metro Detroiters showed their generosity on Wednesday, Jan. 19 by donating 1,110 articles of clothing, including 678 suits, to Jackets for Jobs Inc. as part of the Chrysler Group Women's Forum "Suits, Cars and Seminars" event at the North American International Auto Show. DaimlerChrysler Corporation Fund also presented the local charity with $25,000 to support activities that will prepare economically disadvantaged women to enter the work force.

"Hundreds of area women will get a fresh start in 2005 as a result of the generosity of the Metro Detroit community," said Chris Alaniz, Chrysler Group Director of Materials Engineering and Chair of the Chrysler Group Women's Forum. "Being part of the auto show and partnering with Jackets for Jobs was a perfect way for us to celebrate women in the auto industry and give something back to the community at the same time."

In addition, three clients of Jackets for Jobs received makeovers to complete their new look. Beauty First provided hair styling and manicures, while Parisian did the makeup and assisted with accessories. Both stores are located in the Village of Rochester Hills. To go along with the suits and cars, the Chrysler Group Women's Forum offered seminars throughout the day on Wednesday on topics that included new vehicle design trends, understanding vehicle financing and maintaining your vehicle.

"This has been a wonderful partnership between Jackets for Jobs and the Chrysler Group Women's Forum," said Alison Vaughn, Jackets for Jobs Founder. "It's inspiring to see Chrysler Group and the community work together to help make a difference so low-income women can enter the work force."

Jackets for Jobs, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, strives to enhance employment opportunities for economically disadvantaged women in the Detroit Metropolitan area by providing clients with professional business clothing and training to prepare them to successfully enter the work force. For more information about Jackets for Jobs, visit the organization's Web site at or call 313-579-9160.