Event Celebrates New Name & Record Turn Out
(New York, NY) – June 12, 2017 – Delivering Good (formerly K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers), welcomed executives and personalities from the children’s, fashion, home and related industries as it hosted the 11th annual Women of Inspiration Luncheon. The charity, headed by Lisa Gurwitch, President and CEO, and Allan Ellinger, board chairman, has donated $1.6 billion in new apparel and goods to children and adults in need over the past 32 years. Delivering Good’s annual luncheon recognizes women executives for their achievements and philanthropic efforts. The Women of Inspiration luncheon, which took place at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, surpassed past records with attendance of 460 guests and raising more than $429,000.
This year’s honorees included women of diverse backgrounds who celebrate Delivering Good’s mission of helping others in need. Fashion designer, Tracy Reese was presented her award by designer Stan Herman and spoke about advocating for HIV charities, and her work for Planned Parenthood, Jackets for Jobs and Bottomless Closet. Carole Postal, who is on the board of directors for Delivering Good, presented Gaye Dean, marketing director for licensing, Target, with her award. Dean was recognized for her work for Bike Cops for Kids, which gives free bikes to kids in need and helps establish positive relationships with police officers. Lana Todorovich, president, North America wholesale, Ralph Lauren, was presented with the award by her daughter, Emma Todorovich, of Rag & Bone. Lana Todorovich spoke about her humanitarian work as the founder of Circle of Hope Children’s Foundation, dedicated to providing need-based aid to underprivileged children from all walks of life.
Speaking about the name change as a way to reflect focused, ongoing support for children and families facing poverty and disaster, Milou Gywn, VP Licensing at Jockey International, Inc. and member of the Delivering Good board of directors, said, "Three years ago K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers merged, and together the two organizations are greater than the sum of our parts. We recognized that we needed a new name, one that reflected the opportunity we were all so excited about, and our future. We now feel we have a brand that can build on more than 30 years of helping millions of people challenged by poverty and natural disasters.”
Today, under its new name, the charity’s mission still stands, uniting retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals in an effort to collect brand new apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books and other items to distribute to the poor and disadvantaged. The organization has helped more than 500 community-based social service agencies through its programs, with many of them having been with the charity for more than 30 years.
“Our mission began and continues to this day with a vision of assisting people -- in many cases people we would never meet – with brand new, needed items. In so many ways, this luncheon celebrated our past as well as where we are headed,” said Allan Elinger, board chairman and Co-Founder, Senior Managing Partner, MMG Advisors.
About Delivering Good:
Delivering Good, Inc. (formerly K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children's industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help millions of kids, adults and families facing poverty and disaster. Since 1985, over $1.6 billion of donated product has been distributed through our network of community partners. Follow Delivering Good on social media: @DeliveringGood on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out more online at http://www.delivering-good.org
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New York, October 6, 2016 – K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and the American Apparel & Footwear Association have teamed up to supply one million pairs of socks to the nation’s homeless and poor in honor of World Homeless Day, which will be observed on October 10. The socks will be distributed at shelters throughout the country for individuals without a home or access to clean, new clothing. Donations will begin on October 10 and continue throughout the following 12 months.
To date, the companies DSW Inc., GBG Socks, LLC/Planet Sox, Gold Medal International, No nonsense, Renfro Corporation, TTI Global Resources, and United Legwear & Apparel Co., among others, have combined to commit over 500,000 pairs of socks to people in need. AAFA and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers continue to seek donations from additional companies to reach the goal of one million pairs of socks. Any company that is interested in donating new socks for this campaign, or needs further information, may email Merrie Keller at email@example.com or call 212-279-5325.
The National Alliance to End Homelessness reports that in 2015, more than half a million Americans were identified as homeless – 63 percent of that total were individuals and 37 percent were people in families. According to agencies that support homeless and the needy, socks and underwear are among the most requested, non-consumable items because they must be purchased brand new, unlike coats that are regularly donated secondhand.
Recognizing the ability for the legwear industry to make a significant impact by collectively donating overstock and samples, Isaac E. Ash, President and CEO of United Legwear & Apparel Co. challenged industry colleagues to donate more than what they might normally allocate for charities. At a recent AAFA Legwear Committee meeting, Mr. Ash challenged his colleagues to join forces and reach a goal of one million pairs of socks. “We all have so much to give, and pooling resources will get more product to people,” said Ash. “It can also call attention to these often-forgotten populations as weather becomes colder.”
“AAFA is always enthusiastic to take on a unique opportunity,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of AAFA. “When our legwear members challenged us to help raise one million pairs of socks for the homeless, the stakes were high but the potential impact even greater. Thinking that a warm pair of socks can make a difference with every person that we touch, AAFA is working hard to help make this program a huge success.”
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“Over the next few months, we will be distributing the socks as they are donated, supporting many communities nationwide in their efforts to help homeless and poverty-stricken people,” said K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers President & CEO, Lisa Gurwitch. “In addition, donor companies will engage employees to visit local agencies and personally give socks to the people in need.”
Initial distributions are being planned for New York; Washington, DC; Chicago; Los Angeles; Houston; and North Carolina. More information about the campaign and updates on its progress will be online at www.OneMillionPairs.org. Individuals and groups can show their support on social media using #OneMillionPairs.
About AAFA: Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $361 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry. With integrity and purpose, AAFA delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. AAFA enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation. AAFA’s comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers.
About KI.D.S./Fashion Delivers: K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need. Founded over 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501 (c (3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. Since 1985, over $1.4 billion of donated products have been distributed through our network of community partners, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. For more information, please visit www.DonateProduct.com.
August 29, 2016 (New York, NY) — K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the charity of choice for new product donations made by companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries, will honor two industry leaders at its annual gala fundraiser Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at the prestigious American Museum of Natural History in New York City. This year, the charity’s annual gala recognizes the support of Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Merchandising Officer at Toys“R”Us, Inc. and Marc Heller, President of CIT Commercial Services and K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Executive Board Member. The honorees’ commitment to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers over the years has impacted millions of children, families and individuals in need, both nationally and internationally. In addition to the two honorees, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is also recognizing three top product donors, highlighting their contributions to the organization and how they have helped improve the lives of millions of people in need every year. Together, Global Brands Group, PVH Corp., and Skechers USA have given K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers over $113 million in useful, new product. “Every year, it is an honor to come together to support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers with leaders in the fashion, home, and children’s industries,” said Gala Co-Chairman Rick Darling of Li & Fung Trading, Inc. “K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers makes a profound impact in the lives of those challenged by poverty and natural disasters.” “The K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers gala is an amazing celebration that helps support people in need.” said Gala Co-Chairman Howard Kahn of Kahn Lucas. “This year, we have the pleasure of also honoring top product donors who provide new product for people challenged by poverty, who would otherwise have to make hard choices between food, housing or new clothes.” hope, dignity and self-esteem to people in need. Gala tables start at $15,000, and a limited number of individual tickets will be available at $1,500. There are also several special opportunities for corporate or brand sponsorship at the gala; for additional information please contact Lauren Barnett at Lauren@DonateProduct.com or via phone at 212-279-5343 To learn more about the gala, visit www.KIDSFDGALA.com. ￼This year’s gala highlights the theme of #DeliveringGood, and the need for new product is immensely important – today ￼one out of every six Americans face poverty.
Throughout the year, our product donors help us provide ￼￼ K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. is the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. Donating new merchandise provides these companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need. Founded over 30 years ago, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to support people affected by poverty and tragedy. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is an extremely efficient charity, with more than 97% of revenue dedicated to its charitable program of distributing apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books and other useful items. Since 1985, over $1.4 billion of donated products have been distributed through our network of community partners, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. For more information, please visit www.DonateProduct.com.
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