By  on January 10, 2012

The American Apparel & Footwear Association plans to celebrate the 34th anniversary of its American Image Awards on May 7.

This year’s event, which will be held as a cocktail party and dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street, is expected to draw 700 top fashion industry leaders and celebrities. The event will benefit The Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, a 127-year-old founding member of The Boys & Girls Club of America that serves 5,000 youths ages six to 18 at four clubhouses in the Bronx, Brooklyn and at Camp Madison in Kingston, N.Y.

“As an industry driven by creativity and innovation, we are pleased to take time each year for those who have excelled in the areas of leadership, innovation, and achievement,” said AAFA president and chief executive officer Kevin M. Burke. “All of the 2012 honorees are highly deserving of this recognition. We are especially pleased to be working together towards a very worthwhile cause, raising awareness and funds for the work achieved by the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club of America.”

The Humanitarian Award will be presented to U.S. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps at the 6:30 p.m. dinner.

Honorees for 2012 include the Warnaco Group Inc., which will be bestowed the Excellence in Global Leadership Award to be accepted by Warnaco president and ceo Helen McCluskey. As reported, McCluskey will assume the role of ceo on Feb. 1.

Steve Tanger, president of Tanger Outlets Inc., will accept the Excellence in Retail Award, while Kate Spade New York will receive the Lifestyle Brand of the Year Award. Deborah Lloyd, creative director, will accept the award for the Kate Spade company. Daniel Schwartz, president and ceo of Schwartz and Benjamin, will accept the Footwear Brand of the Year Award, and designer Yeohlee Teng will receive this year’s Fashion Maverick Award.

In the past, the AAFA American Image Awards dinner has collectively raised nearly $6 million, of which 40 percent of the net proceeds each year are donated to a charity partner.

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