'Fashion Delivers' $1.2 Million to Victims of Natural Disasters


Barney's Simon Doonan and Sesame Workshop's Gary Knell at Fashion Delivers/ K.I.D.S. gala in NYC. Credit: Thomas Iannaccone, Via WWD
Fashion Delivers, a non-profit organization that supplies victims of natural disasters with donated product, and Kids In Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) raised almost $1.2 million dollars at their annual charity gala in New York City Thursday night. Find out which Sesame Street Muppet in attendance asked "If a vegetarian eats vegetables, does that mean a humanitarian eats..?" After the jump. Founded post Hurricane Katrina to provide products from fashion and related industries to victims of natural disasters, Fashion Delivers along with K.I.D.S. coordinates the delivery of excess and new products throughout the year to those in need. Their most recent campaign, in May of this year, was the "California Relief Campaign," to aid Southern California's homeless population and those hit hard by the downturned economy.

Barney's New York Creative Director Simon Doonan hosted the event held at the Grand Hyatt, that honored John Daly, president of trade finance at CIT Group Inc. with the Fashion Has a Heart Award; Gary Simmons, president and CEO of Gerber Childrenswear with the K.I.D.S. Lifetime Achievement Award; Andrew Hall, president and CEO of Stage Stores Inc., with the Retailer of the Year Award, and Gary Knell, CEO of Sesame Workshop, with the Humanitarian Award. Muppet Abby Cadabby gave a shout out to Vegetarians in attendance when she confused the last award and asked "If a vegetarian eats vegetables, does that mean a humanitarian eats....?"

Fashion Delivers Board Chairman Allan Ellinger spoke to the generous contributions, below.

Apparel and home furnishing companies have been extraordinarily generous in their donations, even in the face of this economic climate. The humanitarian need to help out those less fortunate is the driving force behind Fashion Delivers' commitment and is clearly represented by the charitable efforts of our donors.

:: WWD, PR Newswire , Fashion Delivers
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