December marks a busy month for the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, and the organization is closing out the year with a new leader.
Diane Sullivan, chairman and CEO of Caleres Inc., officially took the reins as chairman of the Two Ten board of directors last Thursday at the group’s board meeting in New York. Sullivan takes over for Blake Kruger, CEO of Wolverine World Wide. Meanwhile, Greg Tunney, president and CEO of R.G. Barry, has taken on the role of vice chairman.
The executive knows that there are big goals for the nonprofit in the coming year with the need for supporting an ever-growing demand on the organization’s emergency assistance and scholarship funds.
“It’s perfectly timed, as our emergency assistance and scholarship budgets are now at $2.57 million, the highest in our history,” Sullivan told FN in an interview ahead of the big gala last week. She said the fundraising goal of the gala this month was one of the most ambitious yet.
Last week, the nonprofit raised over $3 million dollars at its annual gala dinner benefit on Tuesday. The next night, it hosted a big celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York featuring a performance by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and DJ Chachi.
The architect behind the two-night format was H.H. Brown Chairman and CEO Jim Issler, whose goal was to get more people involved in Two Ten’s causes. While the dinner was an intimate gathering for the industry’s top executives, the second, larger event welcomed hundreds of attendees, including many emerging leaders in the industry.