This week, staff writer Laura Rysz talks with Mary Ann Iezzi about the Taste of Success fundraiser, which benefits Dress for Success Lackawanna’s suiting and career development programs.

Residence: Dunmore
Educational background: Bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Marywood University
Title: Executive director of Dress for Success Lackawanna

Q: What inspired this event?
A: Fundraising has been a challenge for many organizations because of the pandemic, and we are looking at fun ways that people can support Dress for Success Lackawanna. We thought that this was an ideal way to raise funds to support the organization and get a great meal in return. This is one of several takeout dinners we are hosting throughout the year.

Q: How does the fundraiser work?
A: We’ve made it very easy. It’s takeout only, and orders are placed through our online site. Guests then select the time that they will pick up (their orders). One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Dress for Success Lackawanna.

Q: What’s on the menu?
A: The menu is an 18-inch thin-crust red pizza and wing bites (mild or hot) or white pizza with a few different options and toppings. Who doesn’t love a great pizza? The cost per meal varies based on the pizza selection ($20 to $30).

Q: What is your fundraising goal?
A: We are looking to raise $1,000 from the event.

Q: How will proceeds be used?
A: Dress for Success Lackawanna is an organization that helps women who are entering or reentering the workforce by providing professional attire and career development services. Proceeds from the event will be used to support our Suiting and Career Development programs.

Q: What is special about this fundraiser?
A: This is our fourth “A Taste of Success” fundraiser that we are hosting. The pandemic has hurt everyone, so not only does this help our organization raise money for our programs, but also it is a great way for us to partner with local businesses to help them generate revenue and hopefully some new customers.