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The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS celebrated their 25th anniversary on June 7, 2012 at the glamorous venue 583 Park Avenue, commemorating outstanding black leaders, individuals and corporations committed to the fight of HIV/AIDS and related disparities in African American communities hosted by Wendy Williams, pays tribute to those inducted into “Hall of Hope and Remembrance” for their activism and efforts to heighten public awareness.
Carla A. Harris
K.I.D.S.’ 26th Anniversary Gala was held on Thursday, December 8th at legendary 583 Park Avenue, NYC, from 6-9 p.m.
The attendees were able to intermingle in the lovely downstairs area with overflowing hors d’oeurvres and full open bar during the cocktail hour. We were able to talk to Richard Kind about this and other charities during the cocktail hour and he was impressed with the charity and the layout of the place. The experienced staff was great and very receptive and they were able to handle over 600 hundred guests.
The gala raised over $1.1 million dollars at its 26th Anniversary Gala. The money raised has helped Kids in Distressed Situations to respond to more natural and everyday disasters in domestic and foreign areas in 2011.
They honored Steven Lawrence, Executive Vice President and Senior GMM of JCPenney; and Joe Shamie, Co-President of Delta Children’s Products for their compassion and commitment to helping children in need.
Steven Lawrence, JCPenney Executive Vice President and Senior Merchandise Manager of Men’s, Children’s and Home remarked, when receiving the K.I.D.S. Retailer Award, that corporate social responsibility plays an integral role in the culture and policies of the major retailing company. With its own fund that supports after school activities for children in need, JCPenney serves as a role model to other corporations for its commitment to building a next generation that is well educated and productive citizens. Mike Ulman, Executive Chairman of jcpenney, presented the award to Lawrence noting the significant role that he plays in building and strengthening JCPENNEY.
Joe Shamie, co-president of Delta Children’s Productsand recipient of the Humanitarian Award, shared his personal impressions about the “gift of giving”. Speaking about the tradition of giving back instilled in him since his youth through his family, Shamie noted the joy that he feels when he and Delta Children’s Products can provide products to children around the country. In addition to the donations he provides of cribs, play yards and other juvenile product, Jerry Storch, CEO of Toys”R”Us, noted the leadership role that Joe has played in setting safety standards in the juvenile product industry as he presented Joe with the K.I.D.S. Humanitarian Award.
The keynote speaker was be Andrew Sorkin, author of “Too Big to Fail,” compelling NY Times journalist, and co-anchor of Squawk Box, who recounted the lack of interest that Steve Jobs displayed toward philanthropy.
Actor and comedian Richard Kind was the emcee for the evening, where he reminded everyone of the priviledge it is to be able to help others in need.
The evening concluded with the humorous and upbeat introduction by Teen Vogue’s Andrew Bevan in presenting the K.I.D.S. Annual Award to Brian Irving, VP, Global Digital Marketing at Levi Strauss & Co., and by the uplifting songs sung by the Broadway Youth Ensemble.
About Kids in Distressed Situations
Since its inception in 1985, K.I.D.S. has provided 67 million underprivileged and disaster-struck children with over one billion dollars of NEW clothing, toys, basic necessities, juvenile products, books and much more. The donations of new products are distributed through an established network of nearly 1,000 local community social service agencies in the U.S. and abroad. K.I.D.S.’ efforts reach youth, age 0-18, and their families who are challenged by poverty, homelessness, domestic abuse, low literacy, military family service, major illness, incarcerated family members and disaster survival.