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12th Annual FACE Charity Gala Set for This October

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

The Fashion Association Charity Event (FACE) will host its 12th Annual Charity Gala in Shanghai on October 28th at the Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai, Pudong.  This special once-a-year event brings colleagues from the global footwear and fashion industries and their worldwide business partners together in the name of giving to those in need.

Established in 2005 to help children living in poverty and others in dire circumstances, FACE supports exceptional charities that help to change lives every day through their breakthrough medical, enrichment and education programs at work in rural villages and urban areas throughout China.

Funds raised from FACE directly benefit the work of The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s China Partnership (formerly the China Initiative), an innovative and comprehensive program focused on medical training, applied research and healthcare reform. In addition, The China Beauty Charity Fund, Wings of Music, The Pearl Retrieval Program, The Guoli Love Foundation, the Traces of Love Education Project, The China Foundation for Disabled Persons, and FACE’s newest charitable partners, The Liu Qian Charity Fund, and the Han Hong Charity Foundation will also benefit from FACE’s proceeds. Many of these charity programs are led by notable celebrities throughout Asia who also lend their charm and talents as special guest entertainers at our gala dinner event.

Getting involved
While FACE is an annual event, fundraising efforts are ongoing and continue throughout the year. For those who can’t attend the gala dinner event in Shanghai, there are numerous opportunities to contribute. “The mission of FACE is in effect 365 days a year. Every day of the year, there are hundreds of thousands of children and others in need of proper medical care, disabled persons in need of job training and families who can’t even afford to keep their children in elementary school, so every donation we receive is vital,” says Jim Issler, Chairman of FACE and President and CEO of H.H. Brown. Those wishing to help can choose from one of the Sponsorship Opportunities on the How to Donate   section of facefashion.org or contact John Sweeney at (978) 933-4866 or Nick Weise at (978) 933-4784.

The organization’s founding sponsors include H.H. Brown, BBC International LLC, Daphne, Synergy Shoe Co. and Kimo: Wei Hua Shoe Corp. For more information on FACE and its partner charities, please visit http://facefashion.org/.

Annual FACE Charity Event is set to hit 9th year with Major Success

Contact: Sarah Tropeano
H.H. Brown Shoe Company
tropeanos@hhbrown.com
978.933.4717.

FACE – Safeguarding international workers and Bringing hope to China’s youth

November 3, 2013 will mark the ninth annual Footwear Association Charity Event in Shanghai, China. One of the most celebrated charity events of the footwear industry, FACE has raised over $8 million USD to date, with proceeds supporting charities dedicated to providing immediate and long-term relief throughout China. Collectively, members of the footwear industry along with partner charities address all aspects of a child’s wellbeing, from fundamental needs such as food, shelter and medical care, to social outreach, learning and cultural enrichment. But FACE does much more than empower those in need. Its scope reaches the greater health concerns of the fashion industry employees who work and travel there as well.

With the steady outbreak of infectious disease appearing in China, there is increasing concern for business travelers frequenting China. The risk of infection or quarantine threatens to impact not only the health of industry professionals but also the cycle of business production. With SARS, H1N1, H5N1 and most recently H7N9 casting a dark cloud over those conducting business in China, FACE works jointly with Harvard Public School of Health, a global leader in public health policy and communication, to fuel their China Initiative with the ultimate goal of increasing public safety through knowledge and information and bringing healthcare to rural areas.

To date, the H7N9 bird flu virus has affected over 135 people in China, out of which 44 of these cases were fatal. With a shocking mortality rate of 32%, this highly-contagious virus has spread from its place of origin, in five Chinese provinces, as far as Taiwan in a mere five months. This dangerous, life-threatening disease is one of several concerns international companies face when conducting business in China.

Jim Issler, President and CEO of H.H. Brown and Chairman of FACE, is increasingly concerned with the risks companies on a global scale face.

“No matter what industry you operate in, any corporation or individual conducting business in China on any scale should be concerned with this matter. I’m concerned for the safety of my own employees that spend a great deal of time traveling to China to oversee our business, as well as the health and wellbeing of our partners in China. In addition to this notion, I deeply care for the core values of the charity and that is giving back to those in desperate need. The mission of FACE is two-fold; and that is bringing hope and prosperity to the less fortunate and helping to create a safer world for international business.”

A global leader in public health policy and communication, The Harvard School of Public Health has helped to sponsor over 200 public health officials in China and its efforts have been vital to the detection and control of communicable diseases. Each day HSPH works to lower the overall risk of illness in China, helping to alleviate fears and health concerns of the footwear industry employees who work and travel there. Along with the many Chinese charities FACE supports, they provide strong and continued support to HSPH to help in their fight to make China a safer place to live, work and travel.

The annual two-day Footwear Association Charity Event is the unifying moment behind the many components of this charity, bringing all of its supporters’ hard work and dedication together. The event kicks off with an invitational golf tournament held at the Lake Malaren Golf Club, which transitions to a grand gala and dinner event filled with entertainment and special appearances from China’s elite talent and entertainment. Key attendees will include Johnny Jiang, Miss Universe China Ji Dan Xu and Emmy winning producer, television host, author and humanitarian, Yue-Sai Kan.

FACE title sponsors, H.H. Brown, DAPHNE International Holdings, Synergy Shoe Co, Wei Hua Shoe Co., Ltd and BBC International LLC, along with continuous supporters, look forward to the opportunity to come together each year to enjoy a moment of fun and camaraderie with fellow industry friends while supporting a common cause. Proceeds from the event benefit the following charities:

The China Initiative (a Harvard School of Public Health program), The Zhongshan Young Volunteer Association, The Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation and its China Beauty Charity Fund, The Two Ten Footwear Foundation, The China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped, Pearl Retrieval Program (A project of the Xinhua Love Foundation), Traces of Love Education Project by Johnny Jiang, Guoli Love Foundation and Wings of Music.

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

Contact:

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 http://www.facefootwear.org.

H.H. BROWN ANNOUNCES FACE 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Greenwich, CT H.H. Brown announced that FACE, its annual Footwear Association Charity Event, will be held in Shanghai, China, this October 31 through November 2.

Now in its sixth year, this annual golf tournament and fundraising event brings dignitaries and global leaders in the footwear industry to China to benefit life-changing programs dedicated to supporting China’s youth and underprivileged.

To date, FACE has raised over $5 million for groundbreaking charities whose efforts directly impact the well-being, healthcare and education of thousands of China’s infants, children, and others in need.

Proceeds from this year’s FACE will benefit:

The Harvard School of Public Health’s China Initiative, a progressive, first of its kind program making significant advances in the Chinese public healthcare system through specialized medical training and applied research;

The Two Ten Footwear Foundation , an organization comprised of shoe industry employees whose work with the Asia Foundation helps to provide educational and vocational training for footwear industry employees in China;

The Zhongshan Young Volunteers Association, The Soong Ching Ling Foundation, and the China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped – local organizations with proven, dedicated outreach programs in cities and towns across China.

For more information about the event, to inquire about sponsorship, or to make a donation, please contact John Sweeney at (978) 933-4866 or visit http://www.facefootwear.org.

FACE is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity.

Footwear Association Charity Event Raises Over $1 Million to Benefit Chinese Youth Charities

Last month, footwear industry leaders from the US and China converged in Zhongshan, China for FACE, the Footwear Association Charity Event, to benefit charities dedicated to serving China’s youth and needy citizens. With the support of over 100 corporate sponsors from the footwear industry, as well as the legal and financial sectors, nearly $1.1 million was raised for charitable organizations supporting China’s youth and disadvantaged.

Proceeds from the event were directly donated to seven select charities known for their far-reaching influence and positive results.

The China Initiative, a joint venture of Harvard University’s School of Public Health and the Chinese Central government, received a grant of $250,000 for healthcare training and research. Boston-based Two Ten Footwear Foundation received $100,000 in donations at the event.

The Zhongshan Young Volunteers Association, The Soong Ching Ling Foundation, The Children’s Welfare Institution of Dongguan City, The China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped, and Traces of Love also received donations at the event. FACE has also dedicated funds to individual children in China suffering from multiple ailments, as well as children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities.

Next year’s event will again be held in Zhongshan, China. For more information about the 2009 event, to inquire about sponsorship, or to make a donation, please contact John Sweeney at (978) 933-4866 or visit http://www.facefootwear.org.

Formerly the H.H. Brown Charity Invitational Golf Tournament, FACE unites footwear industry leaders and dignitaries from the US, China, and around the world in an effort to build a brighter future for China’s youth each year. The organization is active year-round and has raised over $3 million since its inaugural event in 2005. FACE is a pending 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered in the state of Connecticut.

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

 

H.H. Brown and Daphne Announce FACE: Footwear Association Charity Event

The H.H. Brown Shoe Company recently announced that FACE, the
Footwear Association Charity Event, will be held this fall in Zhongshan, China.

Formerly the H.H. Brown Charity Invitational Golf Tournament, FACE unites footwear industry leaders and dignitaries from the US, China, and around the world in an effort to build a brighter future for China’s youth. The organization has raised over $2 million since the inaugural event in 2005.

Established by H.H. Brown, Daphne, one of China’s largest footwear retailers, and other industry partners, FACE is devoted to improving the lives of China’s needy children. Proceeds from the event will support vital organizations that provide accessible healthcare, education, and social outreach to infants and children in need.

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 Children’s Welfare Institution of Dongguan City, and The China Welfare Fund for the Handicapped — charities renowned for their innovative efforts in providing both immediate relief and long-term support.

“FACE is committed to bringing about positive change in the countries where we do business. Our mission is to give China’s young people the strong foundation they need for a healthy, sustainable future, and the charities we support reflect that,” says Jim Issler, FACE President and H.H. Brown President & CEO. “Through the China Initiative, the Harvard School of Public Health is making tremendous strides in public healthcare, and Two Ten is dedicated to helping families in the footwear industry. Today the work of all our charitable partners is more important than ever. With the generosity of our sponsors and donors, we hope to raise $1 million this year.”

The FACE golf tournament and celebration will take place at the Agile Country Club in Zhongshan, one of China’s top golf complexes, on October 29-31, 2008.

For more information about the event, to inquire about sponsorship, or to make a donation, please contact John Sweeney at (978) 933-4866 or visit http://www.facefootwear.org.

FACE is a pending 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered in the state of Connecticut.

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

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