Thursday, January 5, 2012

Baby & Kids Magazine Congratulates Juvenile Industry Leaders

Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.), the internationally renowned children’s charity, has announced that it raised over $1.1 million at its 26th Anniversary Gala on December 8th, 2011 at 583 Park Avenue. The gala, attended by some 600 guests, was a tribute to the significant impact that retailers and vendors play in partnering with a not-for- profit to meet the needs of those struggling to survive either poverty or natural disasters.

Joe Shamie, co-president of Delta Children’s Products and recipient of the Humanitarian Award, shared his personal impressions about the "gift of giving". Speaking about the tradition of giving back instilled in him since his youth through his family, Shamie noted the joy that he feels when he and Delta Children’s Products can provide products to children around the country. In addition to the donations he provides of cribs, play yards and other juvenile product, Jerry Storch, CEO of Toys"R"Us, noted the leadership role that Joe has played in setting safety standards in the juvenile product industry as he presented Joe with the K.I.D.S. Humanitarian Award.

Steven Lawrence, jcpenney Executive Vice President and Senior Merchandise Manager of Men's, Children's and Home remarked, when receiving the K.I.D.S. Retailer Award, that corporate social responsibility plays an integral role in the culture and policies of the major retailing company. With its own fund that supports after school activities for children in need, jcpenney serves as a role model to other corporations for its commitment to building a next generation that is well educated and productive citizens. Mike Ulman, Executive Chairman of jcpenney, presented the award to Lawrence noting the significant role that he plays in building and strengthening jcpenney.

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