Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Raise $1.4 Million Honoring Industry Leaders at Annual Gala

Left to right: Denise Durham Williams, President, Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.); Allan Ellinger, Chairman of the Board, Fashion Delivers; honoree Robert Campbell, Chairman and CEO, BBC International LLC; Kevin Burke, Chairman of the Board, K.I.D.S.; Honorees Daisy Fuentes, fashion entrepreneur and television personality; Brendan Hoffman, President & CEO, the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.; Peter H. Comisar, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Guggenheim Partners; host Vivica A. Fox, actress and television producer

Left to right: Denise Durham Williams, President, Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.); Allan Ellinger, Chairman of the Board, Fashion Delivers; honoree Robert Campbell, Chairman and CEO, BBC International LLC; Kevin Burke, Chairman of the Board, K.I.D.S.; Honorees Daisy Fuentes, fashion entrepreneur and television personality; Brendan Hoffman, President & CEO, the Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.; Peter H. Comisar, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Guggenheim Partners; host Vivica A. Fox, actress and television producer

Eight hundred industry leaders joined Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers for their annual fundraising gala on Wednesday night, raising $1.4 million and several hundred thousand dollars in product donations. Held at Chelsea Piers and hosted by celebrated film and television actress/producer Vivica A. Fox, this year’s honorees included Brendan Hoffman, President and CEO, The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc.; Peter Comisar, Vice Chairman, Investment Banking, Guggenheim Partners; Robert Campbell, Chairman and CEO, BBC International LLC; and Daisy Fuentes, fashion entrepreneur and television personality.

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

The event celebrated the industry’s efforts to provide families and children in need with supplies and goods, in partnership with K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers. Ms. Fox kept the crowd entertained and was visibly moved after hearing stories of hardships from agencies served by K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers as well as product contribution announcements from honorees Robert Campbell and Daisy Fuentes. To learn more about the event and see photographs please visit http://kidsdonations.org/KIDSFDGala/.

Speaking of the guests in attendance, Chairman of the Board, Allan Ellinger remarked, “I’ve often said that we don’t work within just an industry. Ours is a community that gives back to help people in need, people who are sick, students seeking professional support and many other worthy causes.”

K.I.D.S. and Fashion Delivers help fight the consequences of poverty by delivering hope and a brighter future through the gift of new product. The two charities solicit excess merchandise from companies that make and market children’s, adult and home furnishing items. To date, over $1 billion of donated goods have been distributed through a network of more than 1,000 community charities serving the poor and disadvantaged worldwide.

About Kids In Distressed Situations
Kids In Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) was founded in 1985 with the mission of providing new kid-essentials to children and teens who have been impacted by poverty and tragedy worldwide. Since its inception, K.I.D.S. has provided $1 billion in new products to help nearly 70 million children. With a network of over 1,000 local partner agencies located in all 50 states and consistently low overhead costs, K.I.D.S. is recognized for its ability to effectively and efficiently deliver products directly to children when and where they need it. To find out more about K.I.D.S., visit www.kidsdonations.org.

About Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation
Fashion Delivers battles the effects of poverty and natural disasters by supporting hundreds of community based social service agencies throughout the U.S. and around the world. Having distributed over $200 million of new men’s and women’s clothing and home furnishings since its inception in 2005, Fashion Delivers works tirelessly with agency partners worldwide to determine what types of products are needed most and where, then turns to the fashion community to help secure this merchandise. For more information, visit www.fashiondelivers.org.

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EDITORS’ NOTE: Honoree head shots and biographies are available upon request.

Media contact: Giselle Roach, ph. 212-279-5493 x 214 groach@kidsdonations.org