Fashion Footwear Association of New York and QVC’s Shoes on Sale set another record on Wednesday night. In the 21 years of the event, the fundraiser has brought in over $45 million to support breast cancer research. initiatives.
Shoe industry execs attended the annual fundraiser at the classic Waldorf Astoria hotel in midtown Manhattan.
“I feel fortunate to be part of this extraordinarily generous community,” said Mike George, the president and CEO of the evening’s sponsor QVC.
There were several well-known faces on hand, from Sam Edelman, Louise Camuto and Paul Andrew to “The Carrie Diaries” star AnnaSophia Robb and “Orange is the New Black” alum Selenis Leyva.
Designer of the Year went to Gianvito Rossi, who brought along Nina Garcia to celebrate.
“His shoes are aspirational and wearable, timely yet timeless, and that makes Gianvito Rossi a staple in any woman’s closet,” Garcia told the audience.
Josh Schulman and Linda Fargo accepted the Retailer of the Year Award for Bergdorf Goodman, which was presented by Tabitha Simmons.
“I call myself a shoe dog, and I know in this room, that is a compliment,” laughed Schulman.
The big moment of the night was the presentation on behalf of the Jodi Fisher Humanitarian Award to retiring longtime FFANY president Joe Moore. “I have big shoes to fill,” said newly minted FFANY president Ron Fromm of Moore.
Moore was also surprised with a Q Star Legacy Award, a first-time honor from QVC, created especially to praise Moore’s unwavering commitment to footwear and philanthropy.
“I didn’t write a speech,” joked Moore. “Thank you very much and let’s make this event even better, because we can always do better.”