Delta Children Safe Sleep Campaign Founders Recognized at Gala

DeltaChildrenThe Shamie family founded Delta Children more than 40 years ago on the premise that every family should be able to afford a safe crib. Since then, the company has had a community-centered vision, and at the First Candle Gala held in New York City last week, Joseph Shamie stated as much.

“The more Sam [Shamie] and I give, the more we realize continued effort is needed,” he said. “The more we see struggling families, the more we want to help. The more hardship we witness, the more we realize how truly fortunate we are.”

As part of the Delta Children Safe Sleep Campaign, the brand has been traveling the country on a mission to donate $1,000,000 worth of cribs to families in need, and to provide Safe Sleep tips to parents of newborns.

Kelly Mariotti, the CEO of First Candle, praised Joseph and Sam’s efforts, noting, “It is inspiring to see industry leaders who get down in the trenches to stand up for what they believe in and make a very tangible impact. They have done so much to advance the cause of helping babies survive and thrive.”

Women In Industry Luncheon Benefits K.I.D.S and Fashion Delivers

womeninindustryThe seventh annual Women In Industry Luncheon raised more than $200,000 on June 6 to benefit Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and Fashion Delivers Charitable Foundation Inc., partner charities that have provided more than $1 billion in new product donations to families impacted by poverty and natural disasters.  The event, held at Cipriani 42 St. in New York City, introduced Denise Durham Williams as the new president and CEO of K.I.D.S. and honored Margaret Hayes, president of Fashion Group International; Kelly Neal Mariotti, CEO of First Candle; Joanne Podell, vice chairman, retail services, Cushman & Wakefield; and Maura Regan, senior vice president and general manager, global consumer products, Sesame WorkshopNY1 News journalist Jessica Abo was the emcee. A portion of the proceeds raised by the event will support the charities’ relief efforts for families affected by the recent Oklahoma tornadoes.