Mihaylo Executive Council members and alumni donated business clothing to charity during their holiday gathering at alumni-owned Bootlegger’s Brewery.
Orange County may have the reputation for being one of the wealthiest counties in the United States, yet thousands of residents struggle with unemployment or poor job prospects. For many, a professional wardrobe is their ticket to getting back on their feet.
At the annual 35/Thirty-Five Holiday Toast, Mihaylo alumni, staff and supporters donated more than three racks of business clothing and accessories to Working Wardrobes, a Costa Mesa-based nonprofit providing workforce readiness assistance to disadvantaged youth, veterans and professional men and women who have fallen on hard times.
The event, hosted by the Executive Council’s young professional membership, 35/Thirty-Five, was held at Bootlegger’s Brewery, founded by Mihaylo entrepreneurship alumnus Aaron Barkenhagen ’07. The brewery and Fullerton pizza restaurant Two Saucy Broads supplemented part of the donation expenses.
“It was an honor to celebrate the holidays with such a devoted group of Titan alumni who understand the importance of not only giving back to their alma mater but also helping the community at large,” Mihaylo marketing alumnus James Fratzke ’14 says. He and his twin brother, Ryan ’14 (marketing) are national account managers for digital marketing provider Brandify and are the newest 35/Thirty-Five members.
Membership in 35/Thirty-Five provides networking and career development opportunities for young professionals while supporting the Mihaylo Tutoring Center, Mihaylo Career Services and student scholarships.