Two Ten Footwear Foundation’s Annual Dinner Party capped off a marathon day for vendors and retailers in New York. More than 800 industry faces gathered last Tuesday evening at the Marriott Marquis for a night of wining, dining and serious fundraising. Headed by Two Ten President Peggy Kim Meill and committee chair Debbie Ferrée, the event yielded almost $1.1 million for shoe people in need. After a chatty cocktail hour, guests filled the ballroom for the night’s program, including a dramatic presentation by H.H. Brown’s Jim Issler, Carol Baiocchi of Macy’s West and Footwear News’ Michael Atmore, who brought the foundation’s mission into focus with stories of industry professionals who survived difficult times with Two Ten’s help. Afterward, board chairman Tim O’Donovan presented Rick Thornton the A.A. Bloom Award for his volunteer work and behind-the-scenes leadership, and Ron Fromm accepted the T. Kenyon Holly Award — Two Ten’s highest honor — for his outstanding humanitarian efforts. Fromm’s colleague at Brown Shoe, Diane Sullivan, delivered a heartfelt introduction, and his wife Cheri joined him on stage.
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