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Vivica A. Fox to Emcee the 2013 K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers Gala to Benefit Families in Need.

Vivica A. Fox

Vivica A. Fox

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc., partner charities that have provided over $1 billion in new product donations to families affected by poverty and natural disasters, are excited to announce that award-winning actress, producer and fashion entrepreneur Vivica A. Fox will serve as the emcee of their annual Gala fundraiser.

Scheduled to take place November 6 at Chelsea Piers, the K.I.D.S. + Fashion Delivers Gala will honor Brendan Hoffman, President and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.; Robert Campbell, Chairman and CEO of BBC International LLC; Peter Comisar, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Guggenheim Partners, and Daisy Fuentes, fashion entrepreneur and television personality.

Vivica Fox has co-starred with some of Hollywood’s hottest actors, including Academy Award® winners Jamie Fox, Halle Berry and Whoopi Goldberg and Academy Award® nominees Will Smith, Uma Thurman and Queen Latifah. Her feature credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Ella Enchanted, Independence Day, Soul Food, Batman and Robin, Kingdom Come, Why Do Fools Fall In Love and Juwanna Mann. She also co-produced and starred in The Salon with Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard and in The Hard Corps alongside Jean Claude Van Damme. Vivica recently co-starred in In the Hive with renowned director Robert Townsend.

Vivica’s roles on television have also met with critical and fan success including two seasons on HBO’s hit comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm, Fox Network’s Raising Hope, Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and the voice of Angel Dynamite on Cartoon Network’s New Scooby Doo. In the world of reality television, she has hosted TV Land’s The Cougar and teamed up with VH1 to executive-produce and host Glam God. Vivica was also a fan favorite on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars and served as a judge alongside Academy Award® winner Faye Dunaway on WB’s The Starlet. Her numerous television credits also include Alias, My Wife & Kids, All of Us, Eve, and Out All Night.

In 2008, Vivica was honored with the NAACP Theater Awards’ prestigious Spirit Award for starring in and producing the stage play Whatever She Wants alongside Boris Kodjoe and Richard Roundtree. In 2005 and 2006 she won the NAACP Image Award and the Prism Award for Best Actress in a Television Series-Drama, and was honored in 2003 with the Lady of Soul Lena Horne Career Achievement Award. Vivica and Will Smith won the MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss for Independence Day, and she has also been voted one of People magazine’s fifty most beautiful people.

The K.I.D.S. + Fashion Delivers fundraiser’s table prices start at $10,000 and individual tickets are $1,000. To purchase tables or tickets, contact Jessica Luna at FD_KIDS@TheJFMGroup.com or call 212-921-9070, ext. 14.

 Visit the Gala website at http://kidsdonations.org/KIDSFDGala

K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers to Honor Brendan Hoffman, Robert Campbell, Peter Comisar and Daisy Fuentes at 2013 Gala on November 6

Gala Honorees

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation, Inc., partner charities that have provided over $1 billion in new product donations to families affected by poverty and natural disasters, will recognize four leaders from the retail, fashion and finance industries at their annual Gala Fundraiser taking place Wednesday, November 6 at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers. The celebrated film & television actress/producer Vivica A. Fox will serve as the event’s emcee.

K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers will honor Brendan Hoffman, President and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.; Robert Campbell, Chairman and CEO of BBC International LLC; Peter Comisar, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Guggenheim Partners, and Daisy Fuentes, fashion entrepreneur and television personality.

“This year’s Gala celebrates the growing collaboration between K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers that has reached new levels of impact in helping families affected by these challenging economic times,” said K.I.D.S. Chairman of the Board Kevin Burke. “This is especially important following recent natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy and the Oklahoma tornadoes.”

“Our multifaceted slate of distinguished honorees reflects the diversity of support Fashion Delivers and K.I.D.S. receive from the fashion and children’s products industries,” said Fashion Delivers Chairman, Allan Ellinger. “Our combined strengths enable us to help more families in need every year.” 

The fundraiser’s table prices start at $10,000 and individual tickets are $1,000. To purchase tables or tickets, contact Jessica Luna at FD_KIDS@TheJFMGroup.com or call 212-921-9070, ext. 14. 

Visit the Gala website at http://kidsdonations.org/KIDSFDGala

MAM USA Helps Soothe Children in Need by Donating Over 800 Pacifiers to K.I.D.S.

MAM collage

K.I.D.S. sends a big thank you to MAM, a leader in the baby care industry, for donating more than 800 of its award-winning pacifiers to us for distributing to children in need.  A long-time and generous supporter of K.I.D.S., MAM’s most recent donation benefited children at Two Hearts Pregnancy Care Center in Ashland Kentucky, Sussex Pregnancy Care Center in Georgetown Delaware, Safe Space in Jamaica NY and The Baby College in New York City.

MAM Peter Rohrig

MAM founder Peter Rohrig

“We have a proud history of supporting K.I.D.S. to help achieve their goal of aiding children affected by poverty,” said Fritz Hirsch, CEO MAM USA.  “As a global company with a mission to make smart and simple products to give babies the best start in life, this is a great association for MAM to aid a charity; that reaches such an extraordinary amount of children in need.”

Founded in Vienna, Austria by plastics engineer Peter Rohrig, the family-run company launched the first MAM pacifier in 1976, forever raising the industry’s standards in design and functionality.  Today, the trusted brand’s product range includes bottles, pacifiers, functional teethers, training cups and oral care items sold in more than 30 countries and over five continents. Great design and well thought-out products are the defining aspects of the MAM brand.  All MAM products are developed by a team of engineers, medical experts and studio designers to provide baby gear of unmatched quality.

To learn more about MAM, visit www.mambaby.com and connect with MAM on Facebook (facebook.com/mamusa), Twitter  (@mambaby), YouTube (subscribe to MAMbabyUSA) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/MAMUSA).

If you’re a manufacturer of a children’s product interested in making an inventory donation to K.I.D.S., click here.

Jubilant Generosity: Jubilee Jam donates $420,000 in toys to children in need in Atlanta through K.I.D.S.

JubileeJam

What parent wouldn’t be thrilled to see their child holding these super-cute characters? Soon, parents in Atlanta will be welcoming “Angel Pies” like Hannah Banana and “Handy Heroes” like Grandy thanks to the generous donation of Ellen Love, founder of Jubilee Jam, the children’s products and virtual play experience. Last month, Love donated $420,000 worth of the Jubilee Jam characters for K.I.D.S. to distribute through an Atlanta-based community partner to children in need bound to have big smiles on their faces when they meet Hannah Banana, Grandy and their friends.

Jubilee Jam founder Ellen Love

Jubilee Jam founder Ellen Love

“Jubilee Jam is an aspirational brand of toys, books, and a virtual playground that engages the heart of the child with great entertainment, adventure and self-discovery,” said Ellen Love. “With that discovery we encourage sharing our unique gifts and talents with others. Nothing demonstrated this more than making donations to children in need”

Jubilee Jam characters are featured in the books Jubliee Jam, A Not Too Distant Land and Itchy Wants to Fly. The Angel Pies and Handy Heroes live with the Queen Bee, Nissi, in the magical town in the stars known as Jubilee Jam. They all help make a special jam for girls and boy that makes them “sweeter, stronger, smarter and braver” and inspires them to go on adventures and look for lost treasure in the virtual playground found at www.jubileejam.net.

We thank Ellen for giving children living in challenging conditions the opportunity to explore the fantasy land of Jubilee Jam and experience jubilation playing with these toys.

For more information about Jubilee Jam, contact Ellen Love at ellen@jubileejam.net

Donor Dialog: Real Estate Entrepreneur Mayer Dahan Discusses the Importance of Giving Back as Poverty Grows in America.

In the first installment of our new series of Q&A sessions with individual donors, K.I.D.S. gets to know Mayer Dahan, a Los Angeles-based real estate developer with a passion for philanthropy.

Mayer Dahan

Mayer Dahan

How did you learn about Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.)?

I’ve always liked the idea of helping people and standing up for the less fortunate. I started to entertain the possibility of establishing my own foundation, and I began researching for those charities that gave back the most. I wholeheartedly believe that any charity should decrease their expenses as much as possible in order for them to even qualify as a charity in the first place.

I eventually came across K.I.D.S. and I was genuinely surprised that only 3% of their donations are used for overhead expenses. I was also drawn to their passion for helping while not being overly concerned with self­-serving endeavors. The powerful message that K.I.D.S. conveys globally, of caring for and improving the lives of children, is one that I want to be a part of.

Name a business leader you admire.

There are so many incredible business leaders that I admire, but the one that stands out is Mr. Haim Saban, the creator of the Power Rangers. Growing up in the ‘90s, I looked up to the Power Rangers: they were these everyday teenagers who morphed into extraordinary people. I never dreamed I would actually get to meet the man who created them.

I was at a Fourth of July party a few years ago, and I ended up at Mr. Saban’s Malibu home. We spoke briefly, and I was astounded by how much heart, passion, and dedication he has for his business endeavors and contributions to the world and the city he loves. I firmly believe in the importance of setting a precedent as a leader to ensure our youth grow and mature into successful leaders themselves.

It was an honor to meet someone who has done so much for the community, especially his Saban Free Clinic near Los Angeles. Haim Saban and I had a similar upbringing from humble beginnings, and he never forgot where he came from. To me, this is what true success stories are made of. Success is nothing without giving back to the community.

Was there a personal possession or toy that made a significant impact on you when you were a child?

My parents are first generation immigrants. They were so focused on our survival that many ordinary things, like toys, fell by the wayside. It’s expensive to move your family to a new city, and the language barrier created a whole new set of problems.

I was given a LEGO set and it’s funny how those small, colorful blocks changed my life. LEGOs allowed me to communicate with my parents in powerful ways, like some sort of connective tissue. They gave me a sense of expression, accomplishment, and allowed my creative mind to challenge itself by building structures and solving endless puzzles.

Looking back, I’m sure my parents were just happy I stayed out of trouble. But as a child, I saw amazing things and felt how accessible they could be. Who would have thought that something as simple as playing with blocks could instill the passion to build dream homes for families in need? I have, single­handedly, been able to bring my Lego structures to life.

What do you think is the most pressing social issue America is facing right now?

The most pressing issue in America is poverty. Much of the American community has the misconception that poverty exists only in developing or Third World countries. In reality, it exists much closer than we think. Our community, myself included, can become so consumed with our day-­to-­day lives that we disregard the fact that the majority of the United States lives paycheck­-to-­paycheck.

About 23% of children live in poverty and nearly 16 million children do not live in households with adequate food supply. Children who grow up in such poor conditions suffer socially, psychologically, and more importantly, educationally. Education is vital for a child’s growth and development, especially in our current fast­-paced society. If children don’t get the proper nourishment for their bodies and minds, they will be less likely to excel in their adult lives. I strongly believe that in order to properly invest in our future, we must invest in today’s children.

As a donor, how has the work that K.I.D.S. does inspired you?

K.I.D.S. has educated me on the hardships that children constantly face and how much work we have yet to do. I’m inspired by K.I.D.S. to donate my time and effort to provide opportunities for growth and success to children in need. I have witnessed too many families who have lost their homes, and I am dedicated to building affordable housing in the near future. Happy and beautiful homes shouldn’t be out of reach for families without millions to spend. Maybe I’ll even put a LEGO set in each unit. You never know how something small might ignite a spark that changes lives.

To learn more about Mayer Dahan and his work, visit www.mayerdahan.com

 

Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) Appoints Denise Durham Williams President and CEO

Denise Durham Williams

Denise Durham Williams

Kevin M. Burke, Chairman of Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, announced that Denise Durham Williams has joined the global children’s charity as President and CEO.

“Denise has a strong track record as a leader in social service to families in need,” said Burke.  She also brings a business acumen developed in the corporate sector that will be an asset to K.I.D.S. as we grow our impact in helping children living in challenging circumstances throughout the world,” said Burke.

“I am thrilled to be joining K.I.D.S. and look forward to working with its talented team to further the organization’s mission to enhance the lives of needy children in meaningful ways,” said Ms. Williams. “K.I.D.S. has a wonderful legacy that speaks to my heart and I intend to build on its successful track record in exciting new ways as families struggle with economic hardship in record numbers.”

Most recently, Denise Durham Williams served as Executive Director of One Family, Inc., in Boston, MA.  For four years, she led the organization in its mission and advocacy work to end family homelessness in Massachusetts.   Prior to joining One Family, Ms. Williams was a Managing Director of the Global Consumer Group at CITIGROUP in New York, NY, where she developed diversity strategies, championed cross-functional human resources initiatives and regional leadership and professional development programs.  Prior to that appointment, Ms. Williams served as Citibank’s Senior Vice President and National Director of Community Relations where she successfully launched innovative community programs throughout the United States. Williams also worked in a variety of senior level positions for more than 20 years at JP Morgan Chase and former Chemical Bank.  Williams holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Tufts University in Medford, MA.