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QUEEN FOR A DAY: “This is a good day,” said Queen Latifah at the 2005 Curvation Project Confidence Awards luncheon. “Nobody’s here because they are in it for something. They’re here because they want to build confidence among women.”

The event, held at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Manhattan, was sponsored by the Curvation brand of VF Intimates, a unit of VF Corp. Five women were selected from several hundred candidates around the country to be nominated for the first Confidence Awards. The women were chosen for the “empowerment and confidence” they have instilled in women’s lives through charity work and by creating self-help and business opportunities for women.

In addition to Latifah, presenters included Joi Gordon, chief executive officer of Dress for Success Worldwide; Danielle Carrig, executive director of Step Up Women’s Network, and Peggy Sanchez Mills, ceo of the YWCA USA. Opening the ceremony was Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D., N.Y.), who said she hoped to designate an annual Confidence Awards holiday for women on the date the event was staged, Feb. 21.

Four honorees received $2,000 from Curvation and VF Intimates, and $1,000 from Wal-Mart. They are Lorraine Bowman, Jillian Bullock, Kristen Bradfield and Mattie Pelmore. The grand-prize winner, Yvonne Pointer, received $10,000 from Curvation and VF Intimates.

FEMMY NIGHT: The annual Femmy Gala pulled in some 500 innerwear and retail executives who honored several manufacturing and retail concerns for their community service and contributions to the apparel fashion industry.

Wal-Mart’s award was accepted by Lucy Cindric, senior vice president, and Anne Marie Kehoe, divisional merchandise manager of intimate apparel. Fashion Ribbon Worldwide Group’s award was accepted by chairman William Rosensweig, and Robert Kirkwood, Invista’s director of apparel, research and development, accepted the first Innovation Award. Receiving the Femmy Lifetime Achievement Award was Gary E. Hughes, president of GH Lace Inc.

The cocktail party and dinner was staged by the Underfashion Club at a new location, the Chelsea Piers. After being staged at the Waldorf-Astoria for more than 20 years, the new venue at Pier 60 was a success with a number of attendees because of its contemporary ambience and view of the Hudson River, said Camille Block, a director of the organization and design director at Gelmart Industries.

This story first appeared in the March 6, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

APRIL IN PARIS: French bra specialist Chantelle will receive a Corporate Citizenship Award at the April in Paris dinner and auction April 5.

The event at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Manhattan is sponsored by Dress for Success, which has served 200,000 women worldwide since 1997, providing them with job-appropriate clothing.

Chantelle is receiving the award for its commitment to building self-esteem with donations of 5,000 bras for underprivileged women in the workplace. The bra company has also staged a number of fit seminars with its bra-fit specialists for the organization. A supporter of Dress for Success since 2003, Chantelle raised $100,000 in 2005 for the organization through a successful marketing campaign and has pledged to raise another $100,000 this year.

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