Delivering Good, a national non profit, celebrated its annual fundraising gala in New York City at Cipriani 42nd Street with over 500 guests in attendance.The organisation raised a record-breaking $2.1M from sponsors and attendees including $203,000 from the auction and fund-a-need appeal. The evening highlighted leadership and excellence in fashion, finance, and philanthropy by honoring Clifford Fischer, Nicole Pullen Ross, Charles Haley, Todd Kahn, and Steve Sadove.
The 2022 Evening of Delivering Good gala opened with a roaring performance by The Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program, a youth marching band and dance line. Delivering Good Board Member and Creative Director of HALSTON, Ken Downing, served as the host and emcee of the evening. Mr. Downing who is always cheerful and uplifting shared thoughtful stories and several surprises throughout the night.
Delivering Good’s Chair, and Founder and CEO of The O Alliance, Andrea Weiss, spoke to the audience about forming closer relationships with partners and supporters of the organization in the year ahead in order to better help those in need.
Newly appointed CEO, Matthew Fasciano noted the group’s work and influence in the larger community. The CEO stated:
“Delivering Good sits at the crossroads of social impact and environmental sustainability, providing companies with a responsible way to deal with excess merchandise that also helps support a wide range of social issues. It’s a win-win-win for businesses, individuals, and the planet.”
Delivering Good gala program continued with the auction by Harry Santa-Olalla who led an appeal to fund a variety of needs for the organization including its core mission of providing new merchandise for families and individuals in need. The dinner service followed and was accompanied by yet another incredible musical performance, this one by the crossover quartet, Sons of Serendip. Program continued with the awards.
Innovation Award was given to Tackle Tomorrow by Ted Uzelac, President of Fischer, and accepted by Charles Haley, President, and Clifford Fischer, Board Chairman. In his acceptance speech, Fischer remarked on an encounter with Andrea Weiss that led to the idea of a toy store project, which has improved student reading in respective schools from 30% at grade level to an astounding 80% at grade level or higher. Haley followed by sharing his personal struggles with reading and thanking Delivering Good for helping Tackle Tomorrow combat illiteracy through the donation of products for children in need.
Vanguard Award was presented by Lew Frankfort, founder of Benvolio Group to Todd Kahn, the CEO and Brand President at Coach. In his acceptance speech, Kahn spoke about the fashion industry’s support of many causes with time and funding and how “Delivering Good uses our product and not just our money and influence to do good and change lives.”
The next honoree, Nicole Pullen Ross, Partner at Goldman Sachs and the NY Private Wealth Management Region Head, as well as Head of Sports & Entertainment Solutions, was presented with the Impact Award by John Mallory, the Co-Head of Global Private Wealth Management at Goldman Sachs. Ross thanked the organization for their “tireless efforts to help those during some of their most meaningful times of need” and spoke about the impact that one can make from a professional and personal standpoint.
Lifetime Achievement Award went to Steven Sadove, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Saks Incorporated which was presented to him by Chris Baldwin, Managing Partner at CVC Capital Partners. Sadove gave a wonderful look back on his many years in fashion and the vital work that Delivering Good has provided to the industry that he admires so much.
The event concluded with Ken Downing who was joined on stage by Joe Abruzzo, Delivering Good Board Member and Head of Commercial Banking at Santander. The two congratulated the honorees and made a final appeal for donations.
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