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Retail Design Celebration Raises $110,000 for Educational Programs

Record-breaking attendance and committed sponsors boosted proceeds of PAVE’s 14th Annual Gala over the $110,000 mark — an unprecedented feat that will enable PAVE to continue its significant support of retail design education. PAVE grants and scholarships have tripled over the last four years.

Held at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, the fundraiser — an annual industry highlight — drew over 500 influential retailers, designers, and industry suppliers from the likes of Godiva Chocolatier, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, Shopko, J. Crew, 7 For All Mankind, Diane von Furstenberg, d-ash design, Chute Gerdeman Retail, Callison, and TPG Architecture, to name a few. Nine students with winning projects in the Student Design Competition and nine educators attended through seats donated by industry companies.

PAVE's mission of nurturing young talent was much in evidence at the reception, which sported mannequins, forms and shadowboxes created by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and LIM College.


During the awards presentation, PAVE gave $27,000 in grants to students and schools in recognition of the winners of this year’s PAVE Student Design Competition, sponsored by Godiva Chocolatier.

Other awards presented at the Gala included:

DDI Winning Windows Awards for the top holiday store windows in New York, presented by DDI
Platinum Award – Anthropologie
Gold Award – Tiffany & Co.
Silver Award – Bergdorf Goodman

Rising Star Award, presented by PAVE
PAVE presented the fourth annual Rising Star Award to Leonard Barszap of d-ash design.

Excellence in Visual Merchandising and Design awards, honoring retail design excellence in New York City, presented by VMSD
The 2010 award recipients were Ralph Lauren and Aeropostale.

The 2010 PAVE Gala was co-chaired by Nancy Jackson, president of Architectural Systems Inc.; Linda Lombardi, vice president of global store design and visual merchandising for Godiva Chocolatier; and Bill Goddu, vice president of marketing for FLEETWOOD FIXTURES.


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Contact: Dash Nagel
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