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Stars donated their Emmy attire and Clothes Off Our Back auctioned it online for charity--children's charities.
As it turns out, that first Clothes Off Our Back auction, thrown together in just a week, netted an impressive $87,200 for children's charities.
Each year since, Clothes Off Our Back selects three children's charities--one international, one national and one local to the Los Angeles area--to which they can deliver the most impact.
Michel Schneider, Clothes Off Our Back executive director, has worked with Kaczmarek and Whitford since the foundation's inception to build a brand whose popularity with celebrities is ever-increasing and includes far more than formal wear.
Clothes Off Our Back auctions aren't exclusively for evening gowns; male ensembles and tuxedos are also popular auction items.
But when the tsunami tragedy struck a few years ago, Kaczmarek says, "Everyone was trying to figure out ways to raise money for those victims, and it was right around the Golden Globes so we decided to do an auction to help." Clothes Off Our Back worked with In Style magazine for that auction, and since then the partnership has offered the foundation many opportunities to diversify and broaden its reach beyond those who can spend $50,000 on a gown.
':A lot of times, if you don't know what to get somebody as a gift and you know that they have a celebrity who they're passionate about, come to Clothes Off Our Back, because you're likely to find something," she says.
Clothes Off Our Back is, for me, a pretty natural outcome of that success.
The Clothes Off Our Back, provides an interesting introduction to recent labour politics and history as they appear through the lens of one particular union local.
Thus they asked their friends to donate the clothes for auction, and Clothes Off Our Back was born.
"After the clothes are photographed, they can't be worn again," said Clothes Off Our Back organizer Jane Kaczmarek "The fact that the clothes are basically useless after an awards show really made me think about doing something with them."
"It's taken the food out of my family's mouths and the clothes off our backs. As a club you have to keep your ground in a reasonable playing condition - and moles are not included in that.