Children's charity Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) raised more than $1.1 million at its 26th anniversary gala in New York City last week. Attended by 600 guests, the event honored retailers and vendors that partner with not-for-profits to help people struggling to survive poverty or natural disasters.
Steven Lawrence, jcpenney executive vice President and senior merchandise manager of men's, children's and home, received the K.I.D.S. Retailer Award for supporting after school activities for children in need. Mike Ulman, executive chairman of jcpenney, presented the award to Lawrence.
Joe Shamie, co-president of Delta Children’s Products, received the Humanitarian Award for his donations of cribs, play yards and other juvenile products to children around the country. Jerry Storch, chief executive officer of Toys 'R' Us, presented the award.
Teen Vogue’s Andrew Bevan presented the K.I.D.S. Annual Award to Brian Irving, vice president, global digital marketing at Levi Strauss & Co.