2016 PAVE Gala: A Retail Design Celebration PAVE Announces Details for the 20th Annual PAVE Gala

Hollywood, Fla. (June 22, 2016)— Retail luminaries will gather to celebrate the next generation of retail designers at the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's Annual Gala, to be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016. The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. This celebratory industry-networking event includes cocktails, dinner, music, and awards. Now in its 20th year, the Gala is a major fundraiser for PAVE, which will award over $150,000 to students and schools throughout 2016 in support of retail environments studies.

Chairing the 2016 event is PAVE Vice President of Events, Linda Lombardi of Godiva Chocolatier. Joining Lombardi as co-chair is Shane Danos of WestRock.

During the Gala the winners of PAVE's 2016 Student Design Competition, sponsored by The Kroger Co. will be recognized. PAVE will also present the 2016 Rising Star Award to acknowledge young visual and retail design professionals in the retail environments industry. The event will distinguish the best in New York City retail design and visual merchandising as VMSD presents awards for Excellence in New York Visual Merchandising and Design and design:retail presents the Winning Windows Awards honoring top holiday windows in NYC.

“This year marks PAVE’s 20th year of celebrating our industry through the Gala. Support from sponsors enables us to recognize the creative successes of our student population during a memorable evening for students and professionals alike. Come celebrate with us at PAVE’s 20th Gala.” said Linda Lombardi, PAVE Vice President of Events.

This year’s Gala provides several ways to support PAVE. You can sponsor the event with options ranging from $500 to $35,000, sponsor a student to attend, reserve a table, and purchase individual tickets. When you sponsor the PAVE Gala, you receive recognition before an audience of high-profile retail and design industry professionals as well as students and educators. To make purchases or see complete event details, visit

The PAVE Gala will be held during The ARE/POPAI Retail Design Collective, December 7-9, 2016. For details about The Retail Design Collective, please visit