Career Gear provides professional clothing, mentoring and life-skills to help men in poverty become stronger contributors to their families and communities.

JOIN US for our Beer & Bar-B-Que Throwdown

BBQ Throwdown 2015

Career Gear & Hill Country Barbecue Market Present:

2015 Beer & BBQ Throwdown

For NYC’s best BBQ, live music and open bar.

Wednesday April 1, 2015
5:30 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.
Hill Country Barbecue Market
30 West 26th Street


What do you get when you take heaping portions of the city’s best BBQ, a three-hour open bar and a foot-stomping country band, with a name (Your Ex-Girlfriends) as memorable as they sound?

You get The BBQ and Beer Throwdown at Hill Country Barbecue Market on Wednesday, April 1 from 5:30p – 8:30p.

The entire event benefits Career Gear, the organization dedicated to providing professional clothing, mentoring and life skills to help men in poverty become stronger contributors to their families and communities. You’ll hear amazing stories and meet inspiring people while feasting mightily and rocking heavily.

Bring your friends, bring colleagues, bring people inspired to help others pull themselves up by their bootstraps.


Tickets are $125 and sell out fast. Plus, $70 from each ticket purchased is tax-deductible.*


Peroni with Blue Ribbon

Spotlight on a Career Gear Participant


Legally blind since the age of seven, Marco taught himself to read and write. Nevertheless, he was mainstreamed into high school and graduated in the top 10% of his class. After high school, Marco was told that blind people were not supposed to pursue careers in the sciences or engineering. After many frustrating years, Marco received a scholarship from the government PASS (Plan to Achieve Self-Support) Program, which permitted him to pursue his education at a SUNY college.

While in school, he received multiple grants and scholarships, which covered the full cost of tuition and also allowed him to build his own adapted electronics laboratory. Marco graduated cum laude with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Systems and Engineering and quickly went on to obtain his PhD in Robotics. Soon after, he learned that he was not saving the required amount of money as prescribed by the PASS Program, and the government issued a full recoupment of all monies paid out. As a result, Marco lost everything and become homeless.

Marco first came to Career Gear to get a suit for an upcoming job interview, but after learning about our Professional Development Series workshops, he decided to enroll in the classes. Marco quickly became a role model to the other students, rarely missing a class and always engaged and interested. He took a particular interest in our workshops on “How To Market Yourself To Employers” and “How To Start Your Own Business.”

Since participating in the programs at Career Gear, Marco has been able to reconnect with his community and felt a renewed sense of confidence and motivation. Recently, Dr. Marco Bitetto had his nervotron research and hardware based architecture for artificial neurons acquired by IBM to develop a neural network based super-computer for the Department of Defense. Although, unfortunately Dr. Bitetto’s patent had already expired, as a result, Marco was hired as a scientific advisor to the Nervotronic Corporation. His is also starting his own company where he will develop new robotics technology.

We believe that Dr. Bitetto’s story shatters a lot of myths about what sort person ends up unemployed and struggling for self-sufficiency and we are pleased that Dr. Bitetto has shared his story and this quote “Thanks to the help of the staff at Career Gear, I have a new start in life. Career Gear has given me another chance to become successful.”


No Doubt You Will Find Something That You Like

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Looking for that perfect gift for a hard to please man in your life? Maybe you are a snazzy dresser who has a keen eye for fashion with a budget wallet. Check out the Career Gear Charity Auction and Consignment Sale happening now until Sunday, December 14th.

Included in the auction are brand new items as well as several rare, one-of-a-kind previously owned items that would make the perfect gift for anyone who likes high-end menswear and accessories.

This auction is not only a great way to get your loved one a memorable holiday present, it also allows you to donate to one of your favorite causes while doing your holiday shopping! All money raised during the auction will go towards Career Gear’s programs.

Have a look at what’s up for auction by CLICKING HERE.

Oh, and while you are checking out our auction, can you help us win a $25,000 grant from eBay and you may win a shopping spree!

Throughout December, the charity that receives the most new “Favorites” on eBay will win a $25,000 grant! Please take a few minutes and add us as your Favorite now!
Please click: Favorite us on eBay to make us your favorite.

Plus, you could win too! EBay is giving away a $2,500 eBay gift card, along with other gift card prizes, to randomly drawn supporters who favorite a charity! It’s a win-win. That’s it! Thanks for your support and giving us a chance to win this grant!

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