HUGGING PACCIONE: Diane Paccione, former vice president and general merchandise manager of ready-to-wear and intimate apparel at Sears, Roebuck & Co., was feted recently at a gala cocktail party hosted by the Intimate Apparel Square Club at The Water Club in Manhattan.

Over 100 executives of the intimate apparel industry attended the event, which precedes the annual HUG Awards scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Grand Hyatt New York Hotel. Paccione will receive a HUG, an acronym for Help Us Give, for her dedication and support of the organization’s primary charity, the pediatric unit of the Rusk Institute at NYU Medical Canter.

Also on hand at the party was Barry Ross, president and director of sales at Sextet Inc., a fabrics concern. Ross received the annual Al Jaffin Award for his “in-house years of service” to the 48-year-old organization. The award was created in 1991 and named after the late Jaffin, a longtime veteran of the intimates industry.

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