Women’s Wear Daily
04.16.2014
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Industry Leaders Reflect on Shoes on Sale

Benefactors and others share stories from the big event.

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Mike George, CEO, QVC
“This is my seventh Shoes on Sale, and what sticks out for me is the time right before the gala starts, when [FFANY President and CEO] Joe Moore and I meet with each of the beneficiaries and present them with their checks. I’m always amazed and moved by their stories and their extraordinary work. You realize you’re dealing with talented doctors and researchers who have made it their life’s mission to pursue a cure for breast cancer.”

Joe Moore, CEO and president, FFANY
“It’s amazing how far this event has come. It started in a tent in Central Park and now is one of the most watched programs on QVC. I’m very proud of the money we have raised over the years. The industry has rallied around the cause. It’s an event that is dear to everyone’s hearts and brings people together.”

Marc Fisher, president, Marc Fisher Footwear
“I personally feel very proud to be a part of Shoes on Sale, as it not only supports an important cause but was founded by my sister Jodi Fisher and my father, Jerome Fisher. Over the years, it has proven to be extremely successful in bringing the industry together to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Jodi was so passionate about Shoes on Sale. I was very touched when FFANY established the Jodi Fisher Humanitarian Award in 2010. It will forever carry on her legacy.”

Jim Issler, president, H.H. Brown
“Women are the strongest influencers of our industry, therefore there’s no better cause [for us]. Since 2010, we have increased our contributions and are now benefactors of Shoes on Sale. We are proud to be able to participate at this level. Shoes on Sale not only addresses one of the leading problems facing women’s health today but also acts as a platform for social interaction among all members of our industry. Charity and camaraderie — what a wonderful combination.”

Liz Rodbell, EVP and chief merchant, Hudson’s Bay Co.

“[Breast cancer] affects so many people, whether it be our customers or our team here, and it’s [an issue that’s] in everybody’s heart and minds. Every year we work with the Breast Cancer Research Fund [to donate profits from certain products that we sell]. This year, we’re making a substantial donation to BCRF, and hopefully we’ll meet the target.”

Nicole Richie, designer, House of Harlow 1960
“I am honored to be this year’s spokesperson for many reasons, but particularly because there has been an increase in breast cancer awareness, research and funds in the last [few] years, and many women are being diagnosed at a much younger age, which just increases the need to get more involved.”

Wes Card, CEO, The Jones Group Inc.
“[My favorite memory from the event is from] 2010, when the inaugural Jodi Fisher Humanitarian Award [was given]. I was honored to present [it] to Sidney Kimmel, the founder of The Jones Group, who is a great philanthropist in his own right. It is always moving to hear the survivor stories and listen to the individuals describe their personal battle with breast cancer. Hearing about the dollars that have funded research that has saved their lives, and to be part of that, is very powerful.”

Vince Camuto, founder, chief designer and CEO, Camuto Group

“We are proud to be a part of an organization and an industry that supports funding for breast cancer research and education. [Camuto Group has] been involved with Shoes on Sale since the late 1990s. ... Today we continue to find joy in all we do to support the initiative. There is something unspoken about coming together with your colleagues to support important causes.”

Diane Sullivan, president and CEO, Brown Shoe Co.

“I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t been impacted by breast cancer in some way. Knowing that we can do a small part to fight this disease means a great deal to everyone at Brown Shoe, and it’s why we’ve supported this event for well over a decade. Women love shoes, and we love our customers and want them to be healthy and happy. It’s actually part of our company mission: feel good, live better, feet first. If by raising money for breast-cancer research and education we can help reduce just a fraction of the impact of this disease, we’ll have succeeded in our mission.”

Phil Vasyli, founder, Vasyli LLC

“While I’m thankful to not have close family members affected by breast cancer, there are [others] throughout our company who have. Many team members have close friends and family members undergoing treatment or who’ve [undergone] surgery. Last year was the first time we participated, [and] it was fantastic to be involved.”

 

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