Shoe Carnival Will Assume Event Chair Honors at Annual Industry Fundraiser
Two Ten Footwear Foundation, the national charitable foundation of the U.S. footwear industry, announced plans today for its annual Gala event. On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, the industry’s premier evening of philanthropy and celebration will be held aboard the awe-inspiring Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on the Hudson River in New York City.
Shoe Carnival CEO Cliff Sifford and his leadership team will assume Gala Chair responsibilities for the footwear industry’s signature charity event of the year.
“My team and I are so proud to serve as Co-Chairs for the 80th Annual Two Ten Gala– our industry’s most important annual event,” said Sifford. “It is an extraordinary honor to work with the Two Ten team during a milestone year for the Foundation, and we look forward to creating an anniversary Gala to truly remember. This year’s venue will help drive a memorable experience for a lifetime.”
Gala guests will board the Intrepid, a floating aircraft carrier-turned-museum and National Historic Landmark permanently stationed along the Hudson River. 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 caps off with incredible entertainment from Questlove, musician/DJ and frontman for the Grammy Award-winning band The Roots and the bandleader for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
“We are thrilled to have Cliff and his Shoe Carnival team as this year’s Gala chair,” said David DiPasquale, interim President of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation. “Since our first Gala in 1939, Two Ten has invested nearly $75M to help thousands of footwear employees and their families recover from a natural disaster, a health crisis, pick up the pieces following the loss of a job or afford a higher education – all made possible from this signature industry event. We know Shoe Carnival’s passion for the footwear community, and for Two Ten, will make a memorable 80th Anniversary Gala we’ll be talking about for many years.”
The 2019 Gala will officially kick off on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, with a cocktail party for 75 of Two Ten’s biggest supporters, including the Two Ten Board of Directors. The event will be hosted by consulting firm RSM International, Ltd., and held in their midtown New York offices.