The fashion industry gives new warmth as 1,000 strong turned out to support Kids in Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers at the groups’ annual gala Wednesday night.
The event at the American Museum of Natural History honored Emmy winner Heidi Klum, Thomas Kingsbury, chief executive officer of Burlington Stores, and former NFL linebacker and Super Bowl champion Carl Banks, president of G-III Sports.
“It’s amazing that all these brands and different companies are giving their product to people who are in need, especially children. I’ve been working with God’s Love We Deliver, Red Cross and UNICEF for a few years so I’ve been in field seeing what is needed,” said Klum.
The cocktail hour was held in the grand Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall with guests mingling and enjoying hors d’ oeuvres. The official host for the evening was Coco Rocha, who admitted: “I’ve done many on-stage things, but to be an emcee, I’m a little nervous tonight.” Zac Posen introduced his longtime friend Klum, “Heidi is the hardest-working woman I’ve ever met. She’s an incredible multitasker and is unbelievably generous with a heart of gold.”
Attendees later moved downstairs to the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life, home to the famed 94-foot whale suspended from the ceiling. During dinner, guests were invited to Text to Pledge and by the end of the night, raised $85,000 to cover shipping costs for donated product. “To have this many people supporting a great cause and enabling them to continue the great work they do is an honor for me,” said Banks. Kingsbury added: “I think every retailer should be doing this because it’s important. We need to give back.”
The evening raised $2.15 million for the two charities.