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K.I.D.S. Helps Launch a Safe Sleep Center at Baby's Bounty with Delta Children's Products and First Candle.

Denise Williams, Joseph Shamie, Kelly Mariotti and Kim Amato.

Denise Williams, Joseph Shamie, Kelly Mariotti and Kim Amato.

What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas when it comes to SIDS awareness and prevention. On October 14, K.I.D.S. had the pleasure of teaming up with Delta Children on the latest stop on its nationwide tour to establish a network of Safe Sleep centers spreading the word on creating safe sleep environments for infants in the first year of their lives.

K.I.D.S. President Denise Williams joined Delta Children President Joe Shamie and First Candle CEO Kelly Mariotti at the launch event, which was hosted by Kim Amato, founder of Las Vegas-based K.I.D.S. community partner Baby’s Bounty, a human services organization that helps economically disadvantaged families.

During the event, which was part of Delta’s pledge to donate $1,000,000 worth of new Delta cribs to parents in need nationwide, Shamie stressed the importance of a safe crib and offered tips to the families with the help of First Candle, a leading national nonprofit dedicated to infant health and survival.

“This is an ongoing effort and commitment on our part to educate parents nationwide on the importance of safe sleeping conditions for their children,” said Joseph Shamie. “As a father and grandfather myself, I don’t sleep at night unless I know babies are safe in our cribs.”

K.I.D.S. supports Delta’s initiatives and is the brand’s partner on this journey. “We at K.I.D.S. are very proud of our ongoing collaboration with Delta Children’s Products to educate parents nationwide about safe sleep environments for infants,” said  Denise Williams. “We’re thrilled that Delta’s latest donation of new cribs will benefit parents in the Las Vegas area served by our local community partner Baby’s Bounty.”

Kelly Mariotti also noted the importance of the initiative. “The Delta Safe Sleep Campaign is an incredible effort! Delta is making it possible for local families to have new cribs – families that might not otherwise have a safe sleeping place for their babies,” she said. “Putting a baby to sleep in its own crib, with nothing but a mattress and tight-fitting sheet, can reduce the risk of SIDS, the leading cause of death for infants one month to one year of age.”

We salute our partners Delta Children and First Candle for their continued commitment to this important initiative and thank Baby’s Bounty for helping bring the message of safe sleep to families in Las Vegas.

 

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