The AAFA American Image Awards to Honor Li & Fung; Steve Madden; John Bartlett; Fern Mallis; GAP Inc.; Shopbop.com; Bob & Suzanne Wright

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Forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, the 2010 AAFA American Image Awards partner charity. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading not-for-profit organization for autism research and awareness.

New York, NY (PRUnderground) April 12th, 2010

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) today announced the slate of honorees to be recognized during the 32nd Annual AAFA American Image Awards benefiting Autism Speaks. The annual industry charity event will be held May 26, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City at 6:30 PM.

“From behind the ‘seams’ to your online shopping cart, the 2010 American Image Award honorees embody the full gamut of the industry,” said AAFA President and CEO Kevin M. Burke. “Our honorees represent the best in leadership and innovation within the industry and charity. We are very proud to recognize their accomplishments and work together to help raise awareness and funds for autism.”

During the 2010 AAFA American Image Awards, the Humanitarian Award will be presented to Bob and Suzanne Wright, Founders of Autism Speaks; the Designer of the Year Award will be presented to designer John Bartlett; the Fashion Maverick Award will be presented to Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion; the Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to GAP, Inc.; the Brand of the Year Award will be presented to Steve Madden; the E-Tailer of the Year Award will be presented to Shopbop.com; and the Excellence in Global Leadership Award will be presented to Li & Fung, Ltd., to be accepted by Bruce Rockowitz, President of Li & Fung, Ltd., and Rick Darling, President of LF USA. Presenters include Tim Gunn, Tom Brokaw, and Robert Verdi, among others.

Forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, the 2010 AAFA American Image Awards partner charity. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading not-for-profit organization for autism research and awareness.

For journal and table information, contact The Bromley Group at americanimageawards@frontiernet.net or (845) 758-5749 or contact Mary Howell, AAFA’s Vice President of Industry Relations, at mrhowell@apparelandfootwear.org or (703) 797-9045.

About the AAFA:
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (www.apparelandfootwear.org) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA’s mission is to promote and enhance its members’ competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints.

About Autism Speaks:
Autism Speaks is North America’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. Since its inception only five short years ago, Autism Speaks has made enormous strides, committing over $131 million to research and developing innovative new resources for families through 2014. The organization is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks has played a critical role in securing federal legislation to advance the government’s response to autism, and has successfully advocated for insurance reform to cover behavioral treatments. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 80 cities across North America. To learn more about Autism Speaks Canada and the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program, go to www.autismspeaks.ca

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