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K.I.D.S./FASHION DELIVERS NAMES THREE HONOREES FOR WOMEN OF INSPIRATION LUNCHEON, JUNE 7 IN NYC

woil 2017 combo picMarch 13, 2017 — K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, the charity of choice for new product donations made by hundreds of companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries, will honor three outstanding leaders at its 11th Annual Women of Inspiration Luncheon fundraiser Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at The Pierre Hotel in New York City. The luncheon honorees are Gaye Dean, Marketing Director for Licensing at Target; Tracy Reese, Fashion Designer and Lana Todorovich, President, Women’s Apparel and Accessories – Wholesale at Ralph Lauren.

 

“Our luncheon has become a shining example of what is possible when committed men and women come together for a worthy cause,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Karen Bromley. “The honorees’ professional accomplishments are matched by their commitment to philanthropy and helping others in need. The women being honored harness their power to give back, and inspire others to do the same.”

 

Luncheon tables start at $7,500 and individual tickets will also be available at $300. For additional information please contact Lauren Barnett at Lauren@DonateProduct.comor via phone at 212-279-5343. To purchase tickets or tables for the luncheon, visit bit.ly/2017Luncheon.

 

“The K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers Women of Inspiration Luncheon is an amazing celebration of women, as well as a way to focus on how we support individuals in need through the gift of new product,” said Luncheon Co-Chair Carole Postal. “We come together to acknowledge the honorees’ professional endeavors, and to recognize the impact that new and useful product can make in the lives of millions of people in need each year.” For more information about the luncheon, please visit www.kidsfdluncheon.com

 

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. Donating new merchandise provides companies with a simple and effective way to help people in need. 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

National Hug Day 2017

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In honor of National Hug Day on January 21, K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers is partnering with Cuddl Duds for the 3rd annual #CuddlHug campaign to help benefit children and families impacted by poverty and disaster.

On Friday, January 20, Cuddl Duds will kick off the campaign by posting a special #CuddlHug photo on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cuddlduds) and Twitter (@CuddlDuds). From Friday, January 20 through Monday, January 23, 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 logo features our “Huggie” trademark, which was created to capture the feelings of warmth, comfort, and delight. This feel-good campaign encourages everyone to share the positive benefits of a hug, in addition to helping you feel good, too, by giving back to charity,” said Mark Sandler, president, Komar Layering.

In addition, Cuddl Duds will also pledge to donate one new clothing item to K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers for each order placed on cuddlduds.com from Friday, January 20 through Monday, January 23. K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers will again help to distribute the product, this year specifically to Northside Center for Child Development (www.NCCD.org), a New York City-based nonprofit that provides expert behavioral, mental health, education and enrichment programs to children and families living in poverty.

 

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.