34th Annual AAFA American Image Awards Honors Olympians, Designers and Retail Pioneers

As London gears up for the summer Olympics, New York City got an early start awarding record-breaking athletes on Monday at the 34th Annual AAFA American Image Awards. Presented by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the event lauded Olympian Michael Phelps for his dedicated worked with the children of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and for the creation of his own charity, The Michael Phelps Foundation. Along with kids from the club, two-time Olympic gold medalist Donna de Varona awarded Phelps on stage with the Humanitarian Award.

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As London gears up for the summer Olympics, New York City got an early start awarding record-breaking athletes on Monday at the 34th Annual AAFA American Image Awards. Presented by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the event lauded Olympian Michael Phelps for his dedicated worked with the children of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and for the creation of his own charity, The Michael Phelps Foundation. Along with kids from the club, two-time Olympic gold medalist Donna de Varona awarded Phelps on stage with the Humanitarian Award.

Nearly 450 industry executives and media attended the gala, which raised over $730,000 for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Celebrity stylist, Robert Verdi, emceed the ceremony held at Manhattan’s iconic Cipriani event planners dramatically filled with sky-high cherry blossoms.

Additionally, Designer Yeohlee Teng was presented the Fashion Maverick Award; Footwear Brand of the Year was given to President & CEO, Daniel Schwartz of Schwartz and Benjamin; President and CEO Steve Tanger of Tanger Outlets received the Excellence in Retail Award; Lifestyle Brand of the Year was awarded to Kate Spade New York’s Creative Director, Deborah Lloyd and CEO Craig Leavitt; President and CEO Helen McCluskey of Warnaco Group accepted the Excellence in Global Leadership award.

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34th Annual AAFA American Image Awards Honors Olympians, Designers and Retail Pioneers

As London gears up for the summer Olympics, New York City got an early start awarding record-breaking athletes on Monday at the 34th Annual AAFA American Image Awards. Presented by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the event lauded Olympian Michael Phelps for his dedicated worked with the children of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and for the creation of his own charity, The Michael Phelps Foundation. Along with kids from the club, two-time Olympic gold medalist Donna de Varona awarded Phelps on stage with the Humanitarian Award.

As London gears up for the summer Olympics, New York City got an early start awarding record-breaking athletes on Monday at the 34th Annual AAFA American Image Awards. Presented by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the event lauded Olympian Michael Phelps for his dedicated worked with the children of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club and for the creation of his own charity, The Michael Phelps Foundation. Along with kids from the club, two-time Olympic gold medalist Donna de Varona awarded Phelps on stage with the Humanitarian Award.

Nearly 450 industry executives and media attended the gala, which raised over $730,000 for the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club. Celebrity stylist, Robert Verdi, emceed the ceremony held at Manhattan’s iconic Cipriani event planners dramatically filled with sky-high cherry blossoms.

Additionally, Designer Yeohlee Teng was presented the Fashion Maverick Award; Footwear Brand of the Year was given to President & CEO, Daniel Schwartz of Schwartz and Benjamin; President and CEO Steve Tanger of Tanger Outlets received the Excellence in Retail Award; Lifestyle Brand of the Year was awarded to Kate Spade New York’s Creative Director, Deborah Lloyd and CEO Craig Leavitt; President and CEO Helen McCluskey of Warnaco Group accepted the Excellence in Global Leadership award.

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