Two Ten Footwear Foundation celebrated 75 years of philanthropy and “shoe people helping shoe people” last night at its annual gala and announced a new scholarship today.
The nonprofit debuted a new format for the big event with a small dinner and awards ceremony for 300, followed by a larger cocktail party, all of which took place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York. Recently retired Foot Locker CEO and chairman Ken Hicks hosted this year’s dinner and gala.
The evening honored former Wolverine World Wide executive and longtime Two Ten supporter Tim O’Donovan. He received the Robert Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I’m fortunate to have spent my career at Wolverine and that early on I was encouraged to get involved with Two Ten,” O’Donovan said. “I think the visionaries that founded this organization 75 years ago would be very proud of the commitment made by every person in this room to make ‘shoe people helping shoe people’ a reality.”
The event raised well over $2.7 million, the largest amount ever for Two Ten. The evening also saw more than 1,600 supporters at the event.
The organization also announced a new higher-education scholarship fund Wednesday morning. National Shoe Travelers donated to Two Ten $1 million, which will be made available to NST members and families.
“Two Ten is the place where the footwear industry gets together to change lives,” said Neal Newman, president of Two Ten.