International Celebrities Spread Message of Hope at The Footwear Association Charity Event


John Sweeney
FACE Board of Directors
CTO & VP, Media Services, H.H. Brown
(978) 933-4866

Greenwich, CT  – H.H. Brown Shoe Company recently hosted its sixth annual Footwear Association Charity Event in Shanghai, China, uniting industry leaders, dignitaries and celebrities from around the world to benefit China’s youth and less fortunate.

With the support of donors in the United States, China, and across the globe, FACE raised over $1.4 million to benefit charities throughout mainland China. Celebrity philanthropists including acclaimed actor and director, Zhang Guoli, Emmy-winning producer, host and entrepreneur, Yue-Sai Kan, celebrated singer Johnny Jiang, renowned actress Vivian Wu, and singer and television personality Tao Jingying were among the entertainment industry luminaries at the FACE press conference and check presentation ceremony on November 1.

“We are extremely grateful for the generous support of our business partners and colleagues throughout the global footwear industry in making this our most successful event to date,” said Jim Issler, FACE President and H.H. Brown President & CEO. “Each year the work of our partner charities reaches more children than ever before, as we continue to seek out new and innovative ways of enriching young lives. We are especially proud that celebrity icons like Yue-Sai Kan have joined in our efforts this year, helping to spread FACE’s mission throughout China.”

Since its inaugural event in 2005, FACE has raised over $6 million to benefit the children of China. Established by H.H. Brown Shoe Company and footwear industry partners to provide vital healthcare, nutrition, education and social outreach to those in need, the event’s title sponsors have grown to include full-service footwear supplier BBC International and Chinese footwear retailer Daphne.

Proceeds from this year’s event will support The Harvard School of Public Health’s China Initiative, The Two Ten Footwear Foundation, The Zhongshan Young Volunteers Association, The Soong Ching Ling Foundation, The China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped, and other local charities throughout China.

FACE is a registered 501 (c)(3) public charitable organization. For more information about the 2011 event or to make a donation at any time, please contact John Sweeney at (978) 933-4866 or visit

FACE Fashion