Stepping Out in Style 2011 took place September 22, 2011 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis, taking advantage of the newer hotel's capacity to hold their ever-growing fundraiser.
The night kicked off with the very popular “Diamond Dig,” sponsored by Aronstam Jewelers, in which attendees could donate $10 for the chance to dig for jewelry in one of three sandboxes. Attendees could also purchase a “prize purse,” finding inside an “instant win” raffle ticket and several more raffle tickets for the big prizes of the night.
Women learned more about the Dress for Success mission, and heard firsthand from two women how the organization helped them interview for a job and turn their lives around. With over 900 guests in the ballroom, Markey's projected the speakers and models onto two large screens for better viewing and provided a beautiful stage backdrop with multicolored uplighting.
Next, the Delta Tau Detal fraternity competed with the Indianapolis Fire Department to see who could collect the most cash donations, (which totaled more than $50,000!). Afterwards, the runway show, the premiere component of the evening, took place. Models were local female celebrities and Dress for Success clients, showing off fashions from independent boutiques and wearing jewelry from Aronstam Fine Jewelers. Markey's built the T-shaped runway and used intelligent lighting that was beautiful and bright to set off the clothing and jewelry.