“Suits and Salads” is the calling card for the sixth annual luncheon and fashion show supporting Dress for Success, an organization offering women in our community a network of support, career development tools and professional attire to help them thrive at work and in life.

The luncheon starts with a cocktail reception and silent auction at 11 a.m. Friday, May 15, at The Hyatt Regency Hotel, 601 Loyola Ave. The Truffle Honeys will entertain.

Lunch, the fashion show and the Volunteer of the Year presentation starts at noon, with the keynote speech by Ti Adelaide Martin.

Men and women will gather to support Dress for Success, which also offers help with résumé-writing and monthly meetings, called Professional Women’s Group, addressing financial literacy, balancing work and everyday life, and health and wellness issues.

“The work that Dress for Success New Orleans does not only impacts the women that we serve but also their families and the community,” said Diane Riche, president of the organization. “When a woman gets a job and becomes financially independent, she can provide for her family, and she sets an excellent example for her children.”

Clients come from “every walk of life, every ethnicity and education level,” Riche said. “They all have one thing in common: They want to do better.”

This year’s goal is to serve 500 women in the Greater New Orleans area, Riche said. “We offer a hand up, not a handout.”

A luncheon raffle will include works by Mignon Faget and Hiller Jewelry, and artwork by Marianne Rodriguez will be sold. Proceeds from this year’s luncheon will help with operating the Dress for Success boutique at 6117 Magazine St. and with hiring a new executive director.

Auction items will include a two-night stay at Windsor Court and dinner at the Grill Room. Also offered will be memberships to Dinner Lab, a Basics Underneath lingerie party, drawings by Arrington Magny Interior Design Consultations and hats by Goorin Bros.

Ticket prices begin at $85, and information is available at www.501auctions.com/dress forsuccessnola. Visit www. neworleans.dressforsuccess.org or call (504) 891-4337.

Delgado art exhibit

Fine arts students from Delgado Community College locations at City Park, the West Bank and the north shore are exhibiting their work from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Thursday at the Isaac Delgado Fine Arts Gallery, 615 City Park Ave., on the third floor of Building One.

The exhibit highlights painting, drawing, jewelry and ceramics, and there is no admission. For information, contact Brenda Hanegan, gallery director, at (504) 671-6377 or bhaneg@dcc.edu.

A Taste of NOCCA

Show support for the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts on Wednesday by eating and drinking at various businesses around town that will donate a portion of your bill to NOCCA.

The growing list of participating eateries and watering holes includes Barrel Proof, The Boxcar, Chef Ron’s Gumbo Stop, Eat, Emeril’s Delmonico, The Foundation Room at House of Blues, Horn’s Meauxbar, NOLA Restaurant, Press Street Station, Slim Goodies, Taceaux Loceaux and Vacherie. For information, contact Richard Read at rread@ noccainstitute.com or (504) 940-2808.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at jensencolumn@gmail.com.