“There’s something really special about this industry,” said Mark King, President of adidas Group North America and serving as Gala Chair and host for Two Ten’s 77th Annual Fundraising event. “It reminds me a lot of sports: We come together for common goals, work hard to achieve success, we respect our opponents and we celebrate and support our teammates. This event recognizes the unifying power of coming together as one team to support one another.”
Scheduled for Wednesday, November 30, 2016 and taking place at the legendary Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City’s Manhattan Center, the evening will begin with a VIP Dinner in the Grand Ballroom, with 500 of the footwear industry’s most influential Two Ten leaders and supporters in attendance. Cocktails will be followed by an exciting program including a live auction of showcase prizes, special tributes to Two Ten clients and industry icons, and presentation of prestigious awards to three outstanding industry leaders. Jay Schottenstein, Chairman of DSW, Inc., AEO Inc., American Signature Inc./Value City Furniture, Schottenstein Property Group, SB Capital Group and Schottenstein Stores Corp., will be honored with the T. Kenyon Holly Award for his outstanding humanitarian achievement; Blake Krueger, President, Chairman and CEO of Wolverine Worldwide will receive the AA Bloom Award for his years of commitment to Two Ten Footwear Foundation; and Nordstrom’s Tacey Powers, VP/Rack Corporate Merchandise Manager – Shoes will accept the Two Ten Social Impact award for her commitment to giving back to the footwear community.
Downstairs in the Ballroom, nearly two thousand shoepeople will gather to enjoy cocktails, lite fare and dancing in an environment designed exclusively for the event, with Fergie taking the stage at 9:00 PM. Specially arranged by Two Ten board chair and Caleres CEO, President and Chairman Diane Sullivan, the eight-time Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum solo artist and vocalist for The Black Eyed Peas will electrify the crowd with a live concert.
“We have partnered with Fergie on her eponymous footwear line for over a decade, and during that time she has truly become part of our Caleres family as well as a proud and supportive member of our footwear industry,” said Sullivan. “She has attended the gala in the past and generously donated to Two Ten. This year she wanted to support our industry’s foundation with her time and talent. We are both honored and appreciative, and look forward to a memorable evening.”
“This year’s theme, ‘One Team,’ truly defines the industry and our 77 years of working together to help change the lives of thousands of shoepeople,” said Neal Newman, President of Two Ten Footwear Foundation. “We are indeed one team, dedicated to helping our colleagues recover from a natural disaster, a health crisis or to pick up the pieces following a death in the family or loss of a job. The Two Ten Gala is our industry’s unifying statement and, together with our friends at adidas, we celebrate our unity and our commitment to changing lives.”