TWO TEN FOOTWEAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2019 GALA HONOREE

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TWO TEN FOOTWEAR FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2019 GALA HONOREE

Categories: Annual Gala, Press Release

Special award honoring leadership and philanthropic accomplishment to be given at the industry’s 80th annual fundraising event

Two Ten Footwear Foundation, the national charitable foundation of the U.S. footwear industry, announced Wednesday night the recipient of this years only award, the prestigious Bob Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award. One outstanding leader will be honored at the Foundation’s milestone 80th Annual Gala, which will be chaired by Shoe Carnival and held on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

Joe Ouaknine, co-founder and Chairman of Titan Industries.
Joe Ouaknine, co-founder and Chairman of Titan Industries.

The award will be presented to Joe Ouaknine, co-founder and Chairman of Titan Industries. Presented every five years, The Bob Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual whose great leadership and philanthropic accomplishments have made a difference to the Two Ten Footwear Foundation and the U.S. footwear community’s success. Established in 2009 by the Two Ten Footwear Foundation Board of Directors, the first recipient of this award was its namesake, Bob Campbell, Chairman and CEO of BBC International.

“This year Two Ten honors one of our industry’s most charitable leaders,” said David DiPasquale, Interim President of Two Ten Footwear Foundation. “Joe is being recognized for his extraordinary philanthropic achievements that have made a meaningful difference for Two Ten, and for our industry. His passion for raising funds to help our colleagues who are struggling is truly remarkable, and we are thankful for all of the work he does on our behalf.”

The announcement was made at the Foundation’s Gala Kick-Off party, held at the offices of RSM U.S., LLC overlooking Times Square. The annual gathering is also the official start to Two Ten’s gala fundraising efforts, which this year garnered nearly half of the 2019 Gala goal of $4 million. Lead donors for the evening included BBC International, New Balance, Wolverine Worldwide, Caleres, and VF Corporation.

About the 2019 Honoree

Born in exotic Morocco, Joe emigrated to Canada and went to the University of Concordia in Montreal, where he was inducted into the school’s hall of fame for his achievements in soccer. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977, where he built a small three shoe store chain and went on to become the first to introduce Charles David in the country, and then became the first sales manager for Guess Footwear via a merger with Charles David. After a 13-year tenure, he co-founded Titan Industries, Inc. Today Titan is a fashion-forward powerhouse with brands like Badgley Mischka and others. Joe is involved in many charities and is a passionate philanthropist. He is an avid golfer and is also well known in the Los Angeles Sephardic circles. 

About the Two Ten 80th Anniversary Annual Gala:

The Two Ten Annual Gala is the footwear industry’s premier evening of philanthropy and entertainment, and major fundraising effort for the Foundation. This year’s milestone anniversary event will be chaired by Shoe Carnival and held onboard the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum along the Hudson River in New York City.  Guests will gather in the ship’s three massive hangars for a reception, cocktails, dinner and program amongst historical artifacts and extraordinary exhibits.  The evening will cap off with incredible entertainment from Questlove, musician/DJ and frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band, The Roots, who have also been serving as the in-house band for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon since February 2014.

 

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