By  on January 13, 2006

NEW YORK — The Young Menswear Association honored three industry leaders on Wednesday as a sold-out crowd of 1,400 industry executives and fashion students packed the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt Hotel here.

The dinner, which raised a record $1.3 million for the YMA Scholarship Fund, also celebrated a gift of an additional $1 million from the late Geoffrey Beene's estate. The evening honored Vanessa Castagna, executive chairwoman at Mervyns; Denise Seegal, president and chief executive officer of VF Sportswear Inc., Nautica, and Paul Fitzpatrick, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men's and children's apparel and accessories at Macy's West LLC.

"By recognizing skilled scholars on the verge of their careers alongside some of the leading names in apparel, we are fostering the growth of the industry and ensuring a dedicated, capable and immensely creative workforce," said Ken Duane, YMA chairman and vice chairman at Phillips-Van Heusen.

YMA scholarships are being awarded to 73 students representing 16 schools across the U.S. Since its inception in 1971, the YMA Scholarship Fund has raised $3.6 million in financial assistance for more than 417 college students throughout the country.

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