NEW YORK CITY—Kids in Distressed Situations Inc. (K.I.D.S.) a global charity partnering with not-for-profit organization Fashion Delivers, will honor four fashion industry leaders for outstanding philanthropic commitment at this year’s annual fund-raising gala Nov. 4, 2009. Proceeds will be donated to children and families in need through K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers. More than $1.3 million was raised from the 2008 gala event for both organizations.
This year’s honorees include: John Daly, president of Trade Finance C.I.T. Group Inc. who will receive the Fashion Has a Heart Award; Andrew Hall, president and CEO of Stage Stores who will receive the Retailer Award; Gary Simmons, president and CEO of Gerber Childrenswear LLC who will be honored with the K.I.D.S. Lifetime Achievement Award; and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, which will receive the Humanitarian Award.
Since the devastation of Katrina, Fashion Delivers and K.I.D.S. has provided several million dollars of new product in relief and daily enhances the quality of life of those less fortunate. The yearly sell-out Gala Event will offer tables at $50,000, $25,000, $15,000 and $10,000 and a limited amount of single tickets are available.
Fashion Delivers and K.I.D.S. work with the network of 1,000 K.I.D.S. local agencies to distribute products directly to recipients.