But today's winning takes the CAKE!
Last week I read about a "Freshen Up Your Father" contest, hosted by a custom suit boutique in downtown Chicago. The contest was looking for dads in need of a personal and professional makeover, whether they were laid off, looking to start a new career, working toward a promotion, etc.
Unfortunately, my dad was laid off from his job last month and has been looking for a new one ever since. I was so excited when I saw this contest and knew I had to enter my dad. Here is my essay (it had to be under 300 words):
I'm writing about my father, David Stuart, who was laid off last month and could really use a makeover to help him land a good job. He also recently lost about 30 pounds to get down to a more healthy weight (he was diagnosed with Type II diabetes), which is a huge accomplishment for this candy-loving guy who has now given up sweets and exercises daily. This weight loss means that his suits are way too big, but he doesn't have the income right now to buy a new suit.
In addition, I have one sibling, a brother, who has multiple disabilities and currently lives in an adult group home about 35 minutes away from my parents. Every weekend, my dad drives out to pick him up and brings him home for the weekend so my brother can enjoy some time away, since the group home isn't the most fun place. My dad has devoted his life to helping my brother have a fulfilling life, despite my brother's physical and mental limitations. He has sacrificed a lot on my brother's behalf.
My father is an amazing individual--he's a creative thinker, a good listener, and always thinking of others. It would mean so much to surprise him with this fabulous makeover during this really tough time. Thank you!
So you can imagine my excitement when I opened my email this afternoon and saw that my dad had won the following:
- Custom made suit, including personal consultation & measurement session from Nicholas Joseph Custom Tailors (these suits start at $499!!)
- The Rockstar treatment at HALO [FOR MEN] including a cut, shave, manicure, pedicure and massage
- A resume overhaul, interview/etiquette coaching session and personal site profile management from professional networking site LinkedIn
(and yes, I know my blog images are having issues... it will hopefully be fixed in the next day or so)