NEW YORK--"You can always tell when it's a Mike Gould night," said Jerome Chazen, chairman of Liz Claiborne Inc. "For one thing, the room is packed. For another, there are a lot of beautiful young ladies wearing short black dresses. They say black is a Bloomingdale's trademark, but this is ridiculous."
Chazen was speaking at the United Jewish Committee's fund-raising dinner Tuesday night, which honored Michael Gould, chairman and chief executive officer of Bloomingdale's, with its national human relations award.
The ballroom of the New York Hilton was packed indeed. According to the AJC, 1,200 people turned out for the event, which raised a record $1.2 million.
"I feel a great sense of satisfaction," Gould said after the awards presentation. "A few years ago, I didn't know anything about the AJC. There are 1,200 people here. Probably 1,150 didn't know much about it before tonight. We need to try to bring people together.
"One of the responsibilities of being ceo of Bloomingdale's is to step forward in New York and use the power of the store," he added. "As long as you're not obnoxious or heavy handed."

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