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Style Saves Back to School 2018

On August 18th and 19th, 2018, Style Saves teamed up with the community and hosted its’ 8th annual Back-To-School event at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, in the heart of Wynwood, Florida. The organization served over 5,000 Florida students with brand new uniforms, outfits and school supplies for the new school year, along with fun filled days of activities.

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The goal is to alleviate the pressure of going back to school as a problem many financially low-income families face. By providing these necessary items, Style Saves helps turn the start of a new school year into a fun event instead of a stressful time.

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Students from over 60 organizations including Miami-Dade Public Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Voices For Children, His House,The Lodge Miami, Irie Foundation, Mentor Network, Lotus House, The Guatemalan-Maya Center, and many more, attended the event. Students were invited to shop our pop-up shop and stay for an afternoon of fun including arts & crafts, dance classes, a photo booth, face painting, and several more.

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A huge thank you to our sponsors Jordache and Cayre Group LTD. Students also received haircuts from Junior & Hatter, IGK, The Barber Job Inc. along with beauty from GEE Beauty and Glamsquad and enjoyed food and beverage from Pizza Bar, The Melted Scoop, Health-Ade Kombucha, Red Bull, Bunniecakes, Amazonica, Pepsi, OTL, Spris Pizza, Pueblito Viejo, and Los Bobos Cafeteria, and sports by C2C Sports and The Miami Heat. 

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With over 700 volunteers from Groot Hospitality, Miansai, Miami Dade Police Department, Bank of America, Soho Beach House, Eberjey, 1Hotels, and Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart assisting to organize and produce the giveback event, Style Saves consistently makes an incredible impact on the community together. 

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Back-to-School Success 2016!

Words cannot possibly express our gratitude for the outpouring support we received for our sixth annual Style Saves Back-to-School event at Jungle Island. We would not have been able to successfully dress more than 2,500 underprivileged Miami-Dade County Public School students, without our amazing Style Saves team and passionate volunteers. “We were able to serve more children than ever before,” said Style Saves founder and president Rachael Russell. “We continue to grow and expand each year, and it’s all because of the incredible amount of support from the community. We can’t begin to thank everyone enough.”

The Pink Panther & Smurf made a guest appearance at this years B2S Event!

The Pink Panther & Smurf made a guest appearance at this years B2S Event!

Here’s a mini recap of our annual two-day event…

Before heading back to school on August 22, more than 2,500 children and teens from ages six to 18 arrived at the park beaming with excitement for the two-day extravaganza.

Among these organizations were Voices For Children, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Communities In Schools of Miami, Lotus House and the Irie Foundation.

Jungle Island invited some of their four legged friends to meet students.

Jungle Island invited some of their four legged friends to meet students.

The children were fully outfitted with uniforms, sneakers, backpacks, belts, bows, and accessories, along with school supplies, shampoo, and conditioner, after a warm greeting by M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho and Deputy Mayor Russell Benford. Following their styling, the children received mini-manicures and haircuts, and (oh, so adorably) flaunted their new looks down the Style Saves Back-to-School runway.

M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho & President of Style Saves Rachael Russell pose for the camera at the end of our mini-runway!

M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho & President of Style Saves Rachael Russell pose for the camera at the end of our mini-runway!

Participating children were given free access to Jungle Island, where they enjoyed fun and educational discoveries, including the park’s animals, three engaging shows, multiple exhibits, and so much more.

We’d like to give a very special thanks to Isabela Rangel Grumman, MMG, Evian, Funkshion Productions, Gilt Groupe, Jordache, Jugofresh, Jungle Island, Pantene, Perry Ellis, Sugar Factory, U.S. Polo Assn, Vita Coco, Wrangler, and all of our fabulous and stylish volunteers. We cannot wait to do it all over again next year!