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You Try.We Give. NYDJ + K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers

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NYDJ, the top-selling denim brand in department stores*, comes to New York as the brand opens one of their first stand-alone retail locations at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City on July 21.

In partnership with the national charity K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, NYDJ will offer a “You Try. We Give.” promotion on opening day through Sunday, July 24. For each customer who tries on a pair of jeans in store, NYDJ will donate one item of clothing to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ community partner Hour Children, an organization focused on providing practical, comprehensive services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their families. The Long Island store is the first of two NYDJ stores to open in the United States this year, the other location opens at Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, AZ on July 28.

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Meet Our Honoree: Luanne Whiting-Lager

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Luanne Whiting-Lager is the co-founder of Regal Lager, Inc. the baby and children’s products distributor. As Regal Lager’s Vice–President and CFO, Luanne is no stranger to wearing multiple hats to get the job done. Regal Lager distributes high-quality baby and children’s products, with brands that are carefully selected, offering practical, stylish, and safe products. In her spare time Luanne has served on the boards of both the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association and ABC Kids Expo. She has been recognized with the Business Partnership Award from Safe Kids Cobb County, for promoting child safety within the Atlanta community. Given her involvement in the community and charitable initiatives, Luanne is an excellent candidate to be honored at this year’s 10th Annual Women of Inspiration Luncheon.

  1. What is your job title and office location? Vice-President and Co-Founder of Regal Lager, Inc. We are located in Kennesaw, GA a suburb north of Atlanta, GA.
  2. What is your hometown? Born in Atlanta, GA but raised as an army brat – moving every couple of years. Been in the Atlanta area now for 25 years so this is home for now!
  1. What is your Alma mater? Austin College in Sherman, Texas and further studies at the University of Stockholm, Stockholm Sweden
  1. Name one woman who inspires you and explain why?  There are so many – I am always inspired when talking with others and learning their stories. However, if pushed to name one I would have to mention my mother. She led by example. She volunteered for everything, opened our home to those in need, cooked meals for many, and knitted many a blanket and so much more. My mother suffered a stroke when she was 64, one month from retirement, she lost her ability to speak and was wheelchair bound but continued to give to all in what way she could. As an example, she and her caregiver would travel to garage sales and buy shoes and over a 3-year period she and her caregiver gave over 3000 pairs of shoes to a charity that sent those shoes to Africa for those in need.
  2. What does it mean to you to be named a woman of inspiration? Serendipitous, humbled and proud to be able to make a difference in others’ lives. It is the simple gift of giving to others, be it of time, listening, money, caring or product the allows us all to show our gratefulness for all that has been done or given to us. I’m honored to help K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers continue in their efforts to provide for those in need.
  3. With all of your philanthropic endeavors, what is one lesson you have learned that you would want to share with others? Giving to others heals your soul!
  4. What motivates you to support K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers mission of delivering brand new essentials to help people in need? Making a difference, fulfilling the promise of hope to others.
  1. What has been a major industry change that has surprised you during your career?  Maybe not surprised, but more saddened by the consolidation of accounts and the diminishing independent retail base. While we all embrace the Internet and the social media of our present reality and the opportunities it affords, it has brought about major change to our industry and many others as well.

Cuddl Duds Teams Up With K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers For National Hug Day

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In honor of National Hug Day on January 21, Cuddl Duds is partnering with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for the 2nd annual #CuddlHug campaign to help benefit children and families impacted by poverty and tragedy. 

On National Hug Day, Cuddl Duds will post a #CuddlHug photo on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cuddlduds) and Twitter (@CuddlDuds).  From Thursday, January 21st through Sunday, January 24th, for each ‘share’ on Facebook and ‘retweet’ on Twitter of the photo, Cuddl Duds will donate $1.00 to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers (up to $20,000).

“The Cuddl Duds brand is rooted in the feeling of warmth, comfort and delight, and we look forward to be once again celebrating National Hug Day with a feel-good campaign that shares the comfort of a hug and the warmth of giving back,” said Mark Sandler, president, Komar Layering.

In addition, this year, Cuddl Duds will also pledge to donate one clothing item to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for each order placed on cuddlduds.com from Thursday, January 21st through Sunday, January 24th. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will then distribute the product that will benefit their network of community partners.

To help promote this year’s campaign, Cuddl Duds is partnering with actress and singer Elizabeth Elias. Liz will announce the campaign on her social media channels, inviting her 200,000+ followers to participate and give back. 

“We are delighted to be working with Cuddl Duds again to spread the goodwill of National Hug Day,” said Lisa Gurwitch, president of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. “This year, with the additional donation of Cuddl Duds layers, we hope to bring some comfort and support to those in need.”

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Raises Record $330,000 at 9th Annual Women in Industry Luncheon

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(L to R) Honoree Cindy Levitt, Host Christine Ebersole, Luncheon Co-Chair Karen Bromley, Honoree Laura Pomerantz, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Board Member John Pomerantz, Luncheon Co-Chair Carole Postal

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers honored two women executives at the 9th Annual Women in Industry Luncheon and raised over $350,000 (and still receiving donations) to help people in need. The event took place at 583 Park Avenue, on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 honoring Cindy Levitt, senior vice president of merchandise and marketing for Hot Topic, and Laura Pomerantz, vice chairman and head of strategic accounts at Cushman & Wakefield. Both women were honored for their achievements professionally and within the community.

 

This year’s event raised a record amount that will help K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers distribute new donated merchandise to people challenged by poverty and natural disasters. With the help of our distinguished honorees, in addition to exceeding our cash goal, we have exceeded our goal for new product donors.

“KIDS/Fashion Delivers plays a unique role in creating new beginnings for individuals and families in need. I am very thankful to be a part of such a inspiring and generous community,” said Lisa Gurwitch, president & CEO of K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers.

 

The host for the afternoon was Christine Ebersole, two-time Tony award-winning actress. The luncheon program began with a moving performance by the children’s group, Little Kids Rock (link) from P.S. 98 in Washington Heights, part of a national school-based music program supported by the Hot Topic Foundation. Towards the end of the program Christine Ebersole serenaded the audience with “New Words.”

Throughout the event, the speakers shared the name of a woman who inspired each of them and the guests were also given the opportunity to make a donation in honor of their own women of inspiration. These names are listed on a Women of Inspiration Inaugural Honor Roll on the event website (www.KIDSFDLuncheon.com).

Representing one of the charity’s community partners was Christina Atkins, a client of the job training and resource organization Bottomless Closet [Link} in New York City. Atkins spoke about the donated apparel from K.I.D.S/Fashion Delivers and how it has helped her feel more confident on her job search for a fulltime position. Christina’s account illustrated to attendees just how K.I.D.S./ Fashion Delivers makes a difference in the lives of people in need on a daily basis

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide new merchandise to families and people impacted by poverty and tragedy. Excess product, including apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, school supplies and other items deliver hope and dignity to people in need through a network of community partners. To date, over $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide.www.DonateProduct.com.

MEET OUR HONOREE: CINDY LEVITT

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As the Senior Vice President, Merchandise and Marketing at Hot Topic, Cindy Levitt provides a unique understanding of the teen demographic and retail operations that has allowed her to develop novel licensing programs for Hot Topic stores. Levitt is responsible for the daunting task of ensuring the chain’s 655 stores are filled with fan- favorite apparel and much more. Hot Topic offers band-related apparel and accessories, licensed merchandise, fashion apparel and accessories at stores and online at www.hottopic.com. Nearly 25 years since the store’s founding, there is still a passion for music and pop culture in everything Hot Topic.

The Hot Topic foundation understands how the creative arts can be instrumental in enriching the lives of children. Over the last ten years, the Foundation gave nearly $9 million in grants to non-profit organizations that create music and arts programs for young people across the country. Currently the foundation works with three different programs: The GRAMMY Foundation® provides ‘GRAMMY in the Schools’ programs to high school students and schools; Little Kids Rock® unleashes kids’ inner music-makers by building popular music education programs in under-served public schools; and Notes For Notes® provides youth with FREE after-school recording studio environments packed with instruments to explore, create, and record music. As a woman of achievement Cindy Levitt understands the importance of hard work, dedication and helping others in need.

  1. What is your job title and office location? Senior Vice President/GMM Merchandise and Marketing, City of Industry, CA (Los Angeles).

2. What is your hometown? Laguna Beach, CA
3. What is your Alma mater? Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa CA)
4. Name a woman whom you admire?

Christiane Amanpour because she is fearless… and also my mother Marian who loves life more than anyone I have ever met, she also taught me to be passionate about your job or career, she is 85 and still substitute teaches at an elementary school…simply because she loves it!

  1. What is the thing you love most about your job? My favorite thing is see the smallest glimmer of an idea become reality and then a success…there is nothing better! (And okay…I love how it keeps me young too!
  1. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce?
  • Immerse yourself and become an expert in the subject matter or job that you are interested in, if you don’t someone else will.
  • Volunteer for everything!
  • Write hand written thank you notes… People never forget when you do.
  1. With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life?

It is not easy and a constant challenge but I always remind myself and others that when you leave your job nobody will remember that you never called in sick or took a vacation, only you and your loved ones will know. It also helps to have a patient, understanding, and supportive boyfriend too!

  1. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does?

There is so much good and unused product in our industry that goes to waste due to old rules and red tape. K.I.D.S /Fashion Delivers raises an awareness that lets companies take a second look at where our excess or discarded merchandise is actually going and with a trusted and focused infrastructure gets the product in the hands of children and adults that need it the most.

 

 

Meet Our Honoree: Laura Pomerantz

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With 20 years executive-level commercial real estate experience and a significant background in retail and manufacturing, Laura Pomerantz provides her clients with a breadth of knowledge from the corporate viewpoint in such areas as strategic and tactical planning and retail and office expansion nationally and internationally. Aside from her strategic corporate background Ms. Pomerantz has a longstanding commitment to the community and the arts. She is a member of the Carnegie Hall Board of Trustees for 27 years, its Executive Committee and is Chairman of its Special Events committee. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Richard Tucker Foundation and former Board Member of Women In Need. Ms. Pomerantz was the recipient of the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund Equal Opportunity Award in 1990, and a 1992 inductee to the YWCA’s Academy of Women Achievers. She and her husband John have had a life long commitment to Jewish causes such as UJA, AJC, NCJW, and Central Synagogue among many others. Given her involvement in the community and charitable initiatives, Pomerantz is the perfect candidate to be honored at this year’s 9th Annual Women In Industry Luncheon Honoring Women of Achievement.

 

  1. What is your job title and office location?   Vice Chairman and Head of Strategic Accounts at Cushman & Wakefield. 1290 Avenue of the Americas, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10104
  1. What is your hometown? Harrison, NY
  2. What is your Alma mater? Miami Dade College
  3. Name a woman whom you admire?    Hannah G. Solomon, an advocate of women’s and children’s rights, assisting Jewish immigrants and advancing the social welfare and Jewish identity, and the founder in 1893 of the National Council of Jewish Women. More than a century later my eldest sister, Nan Rich, became the President of NCJW and following her tenure as President then became a State Senator of Florida, Minority Chair of the Florida Senate and recently ran in the Florida State primaries as a Democratic candidate for Governorship of Florida, and is presently a candidate for the Broward County Commission.
  1. What is the thing you love most about your job?  First and foremost it is the people with whom I work, the balance of creativity and business it provides, the opportunity to create something enduring that can be impactful on a community in a physical form, and no day is ever the same!
  1. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce? Choose something that affords you productivity, expresses your passion, enhances your self-image and provides an opportunity for expression, expansion, collaboration, and continued evolution as you grow and mature.
  1. With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life? I concentrate on each day at a time and prioritize what is most important in each one of those days, but, always cognizant of goals, deadlines and what is truly important to family and work.
  1. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does? When families are affected by poverty and national disasters, when invaluable help and support is needed, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers provides hope and dignity to a diverse population of those suffering and in crisis. They are empowering and provide opportunities for people to progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Christine Ebersole, Our Women’s Luncheon Host!

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For over 30 years two-time Tony Award winning actress, Christine Ebersole has captivated audiences. Known for her sultry voice and versatile theatrical ability Ebersole has mastered the role of entertainer, recording artist and most importantly mother to three wonderful, grown children. Given her compassion and charitable work, it is not surprising that Ebersole would partner with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers to host this year’s 9th Annual Women In Industry Luncheon Honoring Women of Achievement. This year’s luncheon will be held at 583 Park Avenue with a special appearance from Little Kids Rock and a performance from our host Christine Ebersole. Take a closer look at how Ebersole maintains a work /life balance, working with K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers and much more.

 

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  1. What is your hometown? I was raised in Winnetka, Illinois but currently reside in Maplewood, NJ.
  2. What is your Alma Mater? I attended the MacMurray College, in Jacksonville Illinois, and American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York
  3. Name a woman whom you admire? One woman that I admire for her tenacity and strength is Camille Paglia.
  4. What is the thing you love most about your profession? The audience! With live performances the audience plays such an integral part, regardless of whether the show is successful or not.
  5. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce? It is all about perseverance and commitment.  And, you must love what you do!
  6. With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life? I try to always be present.
  1. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does? That they help such a wide range of those in need; adults, children, families, military members, those who are ill and others. I have also connected them with another charity that I support. The Fortune Society helps people successfully reenter society after prison and also works for alternatives to incarceration that can help families stay together.

 

Please join Christine Ebersole and many other supporters of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers  at the Women In Industry Luncheon on June 3, 2015. More information is at www.KIDSFDLuncheon.com

Burlington, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers & ABC’s Good Morning America to Celebrate Eighth Annual Coat Drive

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All across America families struggle to meet their basic needs. According to the 2013 US Census, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. By necessity, many of these families prioritize food, heat, and shelter above winter clothing. To help make a difference, Burlington, a national off-price retailer offering designer merchandise at everyday low prices, has themed its eighth annual Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive around “Families Helping Families.” The coat drive, which will kick off on Saturday, November 1, 2014, benefits K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing apparel and other products donated by manufacturers and retailers to community charities across the U.S. and throughout the world.

Through the initiative, consumers and their families are invited to donate gently-worn coats at drop boxes at Burlington locations nationwide to help the many families are in need of coats during the winter season. Coats should be in good condition, with working closures and no rips or stains. As a thank you, those who donate will receive 10 percent off their entire purchase at Burlington through January 19, 2015. To date, more than 1.3 million coats have been distributed through the Warm Coats and Warm Hearts program.

“Our goal at Burlington this year is to encourage families to help other families this holiday season,” said Tom Kingsbury, president and chief executive officer, Burlington Stores. “The Warm Coats and Warm Hearts Coat Drive allows us to spread warmth nationwide, providing coats to those most in need within communities surrounding our stores.”

ABC’s Emmy Award-winning news program, Good Morning America, will help to promote the program on-air and on their website starting on November 10, 2014. The effort will help remind its millions of viewers about the ongoing need for coats all across the country, and demonstrate how people can help each and every day. Customers are asked to share stories and tweet why they are donating their coats with the hashtag #CoatNotes for a chance for their story to be seen on-air. In addition, some of the Good Morning America hosts will be donating their coats and their families’ coats in hopes of inspiring others to join in on the effort.

“We are delighted to join Burlington again on the Warm Coats and Warm Hearts program,” said Allan Ellinger, chairman of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers. “The partnership allows us to dig deep into local communities to deliver desperately needed coats to people nationwide through 269 community charities. Just one coat can do wonders, so to see it come alive in such a large way is incredible to watch.”

For more information and to find a list of participating Burlington stores visit www.BurlingtonStores.com.

About Burlington

Burlington is a national off-price retailer offering style for less with up to 65 percent off department store prices every day. Departments include ladies’ dresses, suits, sportswear, juniors, accessories, menswear, family footwear and children’s clothing. It also includes an assortment of furniture and accessories for baby at Baby Depot, home decor and gifts, along with the largest selection of coats in the nation for the entire family. Burlington has 531 stores in 44 States and Puerto Rico. For more, visit www.BurlingtonStores.com.

About K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide new merchandise to families and people impacted by poverty and tragedy. Excess product, including apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, school supplies and other items, delivers hope and dignity to people in need through a network of community partners. To date, over $1 billion of donated products have been distributed, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. For more information, please visit www.DonateProduct.com.

About Good Morning America

Emmy Award-winning “Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer. Amy Robach is the news anchor and Ginger Zee is chief meteorologist. Michael Corn is the senior executive producer. The morning news program airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Honors Three Leading Executives, Raises $250,000 for Programs

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., the newly merged non-profit organization that has provided more than $1 billion in new product donations to individuals and families affected by poverty and tragedy, recognized three top leaders from fashion, entertainment, and talent recruitment at the “Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon (WIIL).” The event took place on Tuesday, June 3rd at The Pierre Hotel in NYC. At this year’s luncheon, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers surpassed a sales goal of $250,000, with donations still trickling in. This tally trumps last year’s sales total of $213,000. Additional information about the luncheon and each honoree can be found online at www.kidsfdluncheon.com.

This year, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc., chose to honor Celeste Gudas, chief executive officer and founder of 24 Seven Inc., a prominent executive search firm; Deirdre Quinn, president and co-founder of Lafayette 148 New York, a leading fashion design company; and Patti Buckner, a vice president in the Apparel & Accessories, Licensing Division at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Local NYC television personality, Jessica Abo, was once again the mistress of ceremonies.

“We are proud to recognize honorees that share our vision and congratulate them all on this well-deserved award,” said K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Co-chairman Gary Simmons. “They are excellent examples of partners who are essential to our goal of making a difference in the lives of people in need.”

“These three inspirational women are undeniably leaders in their field,” added K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers co-chairman Allan Ellinger. “Their success stories show not only their excellence in business but also their kindness and generosity in helping others.”

K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. unites retailers, manufacturers, foundations and individuals to provide new merchandise to families and people impacted by poverty and tragedy. Excess product, including apparel, accessories, shoes, home furnishings, toys, books, school supplies and other items deliver hope and dignity to people in need through a network of community partners. To date, over $1.2 billion of donated products have been distributed, serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide. www.DonateProduct.com

K.I.D.S./FASHION DELIVERS’ EIGHTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN INDUSTRY LUNCHEON HONOREE Patti Buckner

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On June 3rd at The Pierre Hotel in New York City K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers’ Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon will honor Deirdre Quinn, CEO/president of Lafayette 148 New York, a leading fashion design company; Celeste Gudas, CEO and founder of 24 Seven Inc., a prominent talent management firm; and Patti Buckner, a vice president in the Apparel & Accessories, Licensing Division at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. Local NYC television personality, Jessica Abo, will serve as the mistress of ceremonies. To get ready for the event, we asked honoree Patti Buckner a few questions about her career and the business:

1. What is your job title and office location?
Vice-President – Domestic Apparel & Accessories Licensing for Warner Bros Consumer Products, Burbank California

2. What is your hometown?
Upland, California

3. What is your Alma mater?
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California
Major: Fashion Merchandising

4. Name a woman whom you admire?
I have been extremely blessed to have a mother who was there to raise me, but she also later returned to full-time work, teaching me by example the balance of work and the importance of family. She never called it out but lived it daily. She taught me to follow my passion through perseverance, tenacity, tolerance and responsibility, yet with kindness, helpfulness and love.

5. What is the thing you love most about your job?
Every day I’m fortunate to be able to use my years as a retail apparel buyer and combine that with the excitement of the world of entertainment. Working with talented, smart people who are equally as committed to make great product, sometimes take a risk and support our brands is such a thrill.

6. What advice would you give a young woman preparing to enter the workforce?
For me, starting out my career in a larger company was valuable for my future jobs. It helped me to understand the structure of a company and how it worked. I would pass that lesson along. I also suggest being flexible when listening to others opinions and learn as much as you can. Trust your instincts, decide what your long term goal is, believe in yourself and stick with it. If you know what your passion is, follow it. If you don’t, keep trying new things until you find what you like to do and what inspires you.

7.With your busy schedule, how do you balance work/life?
Warner Bros is a family-friendly company that allows reasonable hours to balance work and family life. I chose WB over other companies to work for because of their philosophy of family. When I’m not at work I’m with my family.

8. In your opinion, what is the most important thing about the work that K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers does?
K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is able to immediately help children and families, which allows the kids to feel as though someone cares. They touch these lives on both the physical and emotional levels while giving 93% of the proceeds directly back to helping them.

The Eighth Annual Women In Industry Luncheon benefiting the charitable work of K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, Inc. will take place June 3 at the Pierre Hotel in New York City. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, visit www.kidsfdluncheon.com.