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 an 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 Ellinger, board Chairman and Co-Founder, Senior Managing Partner, MMG Advisors.