NEW YORK — To commemorate its 70th anniversary, the Two Ten Footwear Foundation is changing the award lineup for its annual benefit dinner, scheduled for Dec. 2 in Manhattan.
Instead of bestowing the T. Kenyon Holly and A.A. Bloom awards to two separate people, it will hand out its inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to BBC International founder Bob Campbell, whom the award also will be named after.
Campbell said he was surprised and humbled upon hearing the news. “I was speechless,” Campbell told Footwear News. “I know so many other deserving people in this industry.”
An ex-president of Two Ten, Campbell has been part of the executive committee for almost 40 years. “It’s wonderful what Two Ten does,” he said. “I truly believe in shoe people helping shoe people. This award is a great honor.”
Two Ten President Peggy Kim Meill said she plans to award future lifetime achievement honors every five years, and in the interim will present the traditional awards.
“The Lifetime Achievement Award is [given] to an individual who has had tremendous impact on our community,” said Meill. “The spirit of the industry and that of Two Ten is represented in Bob Campbell for his commitment, effort, passion and giving, and we are proud to honor him.”
Meill, along with dinner chairman Tim Adams of Macy’s and the executive committee, also will pay tribute to previous award recipients and board chairs at the upcoming event.