By Julie Muhlstein Herald Writer
EVERETT — It’s more than a makeover. Women helped by the “Queen, It’s a New Day” program get a boost from mentors, inspirational speakers and career pointers.
The Christian, nonprofit organization aims to lift up women who have survived homelessness, addiction, domestic abuse or other serious troubles. Those women — about 100 each year — must be ready to change, said Judy Hoff, the organization’s founder and CEO.
This year’s two-day gala and program, the 12th annual event, is scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at the downtown Everett Holiday Inn.
The public may support the program by attending the Nov. 12 gala dinner; tickets are $49.
“Queens” who are presented at the gala are treated to total makeovers, including new wardrobes, hair styles, nails and makeup. Hoff is excited not only to improve appearances, but women’s outlooks. “This year we have a phenomenal number of things,” she said Wednesday.
Among presenters at the event will be Alicia Haywood, who has worked as a producer for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network, Sirius XM Radio and the History Channel. Hoff said Haywood will arrive a day before the Queen events to help with transformations. “She’ll speak at the gala and on day two give mini sessions about how to package yourself,” Hoff said.
The Queen program’s second day puts women to work. They dress for a career, and attend a job and education fair. Change doesn’t stop when the event ends. New to the program is once-a-month mentoring, Hoff said.
Women are selected through local agencies and a nomination process.
“We want women who have set their intentions for change in their lives,” Hoff said.
Julie Muhlstein: 425-339-3460, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Queen, It’s a New Day,” an empowerment event for women, is scheduled for Nov. 12-13 at the Holiday Inn, 3105 Pine St., Everett.
The public may attend the gala 5:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 12. Tickets are $49.
To donate or reserve tickets, go to www.queenitsanewday.org.