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NEW YORK — Kids in Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers Inc. — the newly merged nonprofit organization — held its eighth annual Women in Industry Luncheon at The Pierre hotel in New York Tuesday. The organization, which has provided more than a billion dollars in product donations to families and individuals in need, honored three top leaders from fashion, real estate and entertainment.
The women honored included Celeste Gudas, chief executive officer and founder of 24 Seven Inc., Deidre Quinn, president and cofounder of Lafayette 148 New York, and Patti Buckner, vice president in the apparel and accessories, licensing division at Warner Bros. Consumer Products.
“I’ve been involved in fashion for the last 30 years and have seen these two organizations grow,” said Gudas. “I think this organization is about the connections we make and our journey in life through connecting through others. I want to [tell] everyone that someone believes in you and there is hope.”
Quinn shared Lafayette 148’s philanthropic project, the School of Dreams located in Shantou, China, that the company established in 2007.
“[The school is] a pride for our company, that we can provide an education to 300 children,” she said. “It’s a pride for the company and it’s an honor to be here with this wonderful organization.”
KIDS and Fashion Delivers merged in 2013. The board chairs now include Gary Simmons, ceo of Gerber Childrenswear, Allan Ellinger, senior managing director of MMG Inc., and the organization’s interim president, Joel Newman, former chief operating officer of Kenneth Cole and Tommy Hilfiger.
The luncheon was emceed by Jessica Abo, a local television personality.