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NRF Foundation gala generates more than $3.2 million

Jan '19
NRF Foundation gala generates more than $3.2 million
The fifth annual NRF Foundation gala has generated more than $3.2 million to support the foundation’s programmes, including educational initiatives, student scholarships and Rise Up, a powerful, industry-backed credentialing programme. The event was attended by more than 1,000 retail CEOs and senior executives, industry insiders, celebrities and students.

The gala on January 13 in New York City featured an awards programme and formal dinner that included both silent and live auctions.

“We are so fortunate to have retailers and partners who are willing to step up and support our industry and initiatives,” NRF Foundation president Ellen Davis said. “These company leaders and individuals believe deeply in the future of retail and share our view that retail is the industry that powers America’s workforce. We are determined to put these funds to good use by continuing to expand, promote and execute the programmes and initiatives that empower retail’s workforce.”

The gala was attended by more than 1,000 retail CEOs and senior executives, industry insiders, celebrities and students who came together to support the future of retail talent and to celebrate the list of people shaping retail's future. In addition, American rapper and record producer Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus presented NRF’s “The Visionary” award to Chip Bergh, Levi Strauss & Co president and CEO, a recognition for an inspiring leader with a record of transforming the retail industry for the better.

At the Gala, the NRF Foundation also announced the recipients of its Student Challenge and Next Generation scholarships. Kelsey White, a senior at LIM College, was the top recipient of the 2019 Next Generation Scholarship. White, one of five finalists, was awarded a $25,000 scholarship. In addition, the NRF Foundation named Alin Intravisit, Angela Flegert, Caroline McCormack, Lara Voronkov from Fashion Institute of Technology as the top team in the Student Challenge competition. Each was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.

In addition to members of the National Retail Federation’s board of directors and the NRF Foundation’s board of directors, other notable guests included Keenan Thompson from Saturday Night Live, philanthropist Nicky Hilton, actor Matthew Morrison from the hit series “Glee,” and Today show celebrity and fashion correspondent Liliana Vasquez.

The gala capped off the first day of NRF 2019: retail’s big show, welcoming over 37,000 retailers and their business partners from around the world in New York City. (SV)

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