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Flapper style and the legacy of the iconic Josephine Baker loomed large November 4 at the 230 FIFTH penthouse, where the Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) held its annual H.U.G. Awards gala fundraiser to benefit pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, part of the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. The honorees were Yummie by Heather Thomson Founder/Chief Creative Officer Heather Thomson, International Intimates Inc. Founder, President & CEO René Rofé, and celebrated intimate apparel industry fit model Dorothy Galligan, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The fundraiser drew 286 professionals from the intimate apparel and retail industries and featured both silent and live auctions. Guests wore retro fashion to reflect the event’s Jazz Era theme, which was rendered especially authentic by the presence of emcee Jean-Claude Baker, Josephine Baker’s adopted son and founder of Chez Josephine.

"Spirits were high at the H.U.G. Gala this year," said IASC President Michael De Prisco. "At a time that when fundraising is challenged by economic conditions, we consider ourselves fortunate that we have the support of the intimate apparel industry, which came out to help our kids at NYU Langone Medical Center once again. It was a night to remember."

The ceremony was highlighted by heartfelt comments, from both presenters and honorees, about the pediatric rehabilitation team’s work at Rusk Institute and Tisch Hospital. Steven Flanagan, M.D., of NYU Langone Medical Center, provided the audience a detailed overview of the hospital's diverse rehabilitation programs for the children and thanked the IASC and its industry supporters for their continued help.

Heather Thomson received her H.U.G. Award from noted journalist and author Carole Radziwill, her co-star in Bravo's hit reality series "The Real Housewives of New York City," and riveted guests with her personal recollection of her son's struggles with biliary atresia, a pediatric liver disease.

Rene Rofe's presenter, colleague and longtime friend Raymond Cohen, paid tribute to his deep commitment to philanthropy. Intimates industry veteran Alan Fisher presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Dorothy Galligan, who had an enthusiastic cheering section in the audience that included many of her fellow fit models.

The annual H.U.G. Gala brings together leaders in the fashion and retail industries to raise funds for the IASC’s campaign in support of pediatric treatment and rehabilitation. To date, the H.U.G. Gala has raised more than $5 million for programs at Rusk and Tisch. Individuals or organizations interested in making a donation to the IASC NYU Langone Pediatric Services campaign may contact the IASC at 845-758-5752.

About The IASC and The H.U.G. Award
The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) was founded in1955 with the mission of uniting professionals in intimate apparel and related industries as a charitable organization and to participate in activities that reflect positively on the membership. For 57 years, the IASC has honored well-respected, high-profile companies and individuals at its annual fundraiser, which was renamed the H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Gala in 1998. The IASC’s membership includes management executives, designers and salespeople, among other professionals. Initially focused on charities for the blind and the elderly, the IASC broadened its scope over the years and today supports a variety of charitable organizations, with pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, among other programs at NYU Langone Medical Center, being the primary beneficiaries of its fundraising. For more information, visit www.thehugaward.org.




Heather Thomson, Founder/Chief Creative Officer, Yummie by Heather Thomson, René Rofé, Founder, President & CEO, International Intimates Inc., Dorothy Galligan, celebrated intimate apparel fit model, to be honored at 2013 H.U.G. Awards Gala to benefit NYU Langone’s Pediatric Services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital

Restaurateur Jean-Claude Baker to emcee the Jazz Era-themed ceremony

New York, NY, August 7, 2013 – The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC), a New York-based charitable organization, announced that its annual H.U.G. Awards gala fundraiser will have three distinguished honorees: Yummie by Heather Thomson Founder/Chief Creative Officer Heather Thomson, International Intimates Inc. Founder, President & CEO René Rofé, and celebrated intimate apparel industry fit model Dorothy Galligan, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The event will take place on Monday, November 4 at the 230 FIFTH PENTHOUSE to raise funds for pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, part of the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU Langone. The gala will have a Jazz Era theme and legendary dancer Josephine Baker’s son Jean-Claude Baker, owner of Chez Josephine, will serve as the emcee.

“We’re very excited about this year’s H.U.G. Gala,” said IASC President Michael De Prisco. “We have a terrific slate of honorees who represent top talent in different areas of the intimate apparel industry and a wonderful emcee who brings the elegance of Josephine Baker’s legacy to our Jazz Era theme.”

The annual H.U.G. Gala brings together leaders in the fashion and retail industries to raise funds for the IASC’s campaign in support of pediatric treatment and rehabilitation. To date, the H.U.G. Gala has raised more than $5 million for programs at Rusk and Tisch. Individuals or organizations interested in purchasing tickets for this year’s fundraiser or making a donation to the IASC NYU Langone Pediatric Services campaign may contact the IASC at 845-758-5752.

About The IASC and The H.U.G. Award
The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) was founded in1955 with the mission of uniting professionals in intimate apparel and related industries as a charitable organization and to participate in activities that reflect positively on the membership. For 57 years, the IASC has honored well-respected, high-profile companies and individuals at its annual fundraiser, which was renamed the H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Gala in 1998. The IASC’s membership includes management executives, designers and salespeople, among other professionals. Initially focused on charities for the blind and the elderly, the IASC broadened its scope over the years and today supports a variety of charitable organizations, with pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, among other programs at NYU Langone Medical Center, being the primary beneficiaries of its fundraising. For more information, visit www.thehugaward.org.




INTIMATE APPAREL SQUARE CLUB HONORS FORMER PAYLESS SHOESOURCE INC. PRESIDENT AND CEO LUANN VIA, RAGO FOUNDATIONS AND ITS CHAIRMAN STEVEN CHERNOFF AND INTIMATES INDUSTRY ICON JANET PETERS AT 2012 H.U.G. AWARDS GALA TO BENEFIT PEDIATRIC SERVICES AT NYU LANGONE’S RUSK REHABILITATION AND TISCH HOSPITAL

New York, NY, November 16, 2012 – Amid a snowstorm that followed Hurricane Sandy, the powerful storm that tore through the northeastern United States in late October, the members of The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC), and leaders in fashion and retail demonstrated the resilient spirit of charity by gathering at 230 FIFTH on November 7 for the 2012 H.U.G. Awards Gala. The event helped raise funds for pediatric services at Rusk Rehabilitation (Rusk) and Tisch Hospital, part of the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU Langone Medical Center.

“I am very proud of how the fashion and retail industries came together to support H.U.G. despite the storm,” said IASC President Norma Reinhardt Mascarotti. “Times like these prove how important public service is and we’re happy that our latest fundraiser was successful.”

The H.U.G. Awards honored former Payless ShoeSource President and CEO LuAnn Via, who has taken the post of President and CEO of Christopher & Banks, shapewear company Rago Foundations and its Chairman Steven Chernoff, and former longtime VF Corporation executive Janet Peters. Adding glamour and excitement to the event were designer Christian Siriano, who presented the H.U.G. Award to LuAnn Via, actress Isabelle Fuhrman, who played the villainous Clove in “The Hunger Games,” and Jené Luciani, the fashion expert, TV personality and author of “The Bra Book,” who hosted the ceremony. Ms. Fuhrman and Ms. Luciani wore Christian Siriano gowns and gold glitter Christian Siriano for Payless pumps.

Ms. Peters’ longtime colleague at VF Corp. Paul Charron presented her lifetime achievement award and Roslyn Harte of Lances Harte presented the H.U.G. Award to Rago Foundations Chairman Steven Chernoff. The event carried the theme “An Enchanted Evening” and featured a silent auction, which included Christian Siriano Payless collections, among many exciting bid items, as well as a lively live auction at the close of the ceremony.

The annual H.U.G. Awards Gala brings together leaders in the fashion and retail industries to raise funds for the IASC’s campaign that supports those undergoing pediatric acute care and rehabilitation services at NYU Langone’s Rusk and Tisch Hospital. Since the start of the program, the H.U.G. Awards Gala has raised more than $4.2 million for programs at Rusk and Tisch.

About Christian Siriano
Christian Siriano attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and studied fashion in London, where he interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. When he moved to New York City, Christian became the youngest winner and fan favorite of Bravo’s “Project Runway.” He quickly became a rising star in the fashion industry with clothing available in stores around the world and showing a full collection each season at New York Fashion Week. His designs have appeared in some of the most respected fashion magazines around the world and have been worn by some of the most famous women in fashion and entertainment, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Williams, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrosio, among many others. Oprah Winfrey calls his designs “works of art.” Tim Gunn calls him “a prodigy” and “the next great American fashion designer.” Siriano currently designs seasonal collections of shoes and bags for Payless ShoeSource, including elaborate creations as seen on the runway each season and designs for every day styling offered in thousands of Payless store across the country and globe. He is the youngest person to ever appear on the Crain’s 40 Under 40 list. The release of Christian’s book Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self, saw him embark on a national book tour in 2009, and he co-founded accessories e-commerce retailer Send the Trend and served as Chief Curator until 2011. Christian also created a makeup line for Victoria’s Secret and has embarked on design partnerships with LG, Starbucks, Puma and Spiegel. For more information, visit: www.christianvsiriano.com.

About Jené Luciani
Jené Luciani is a fashion journalist, stylist and regular correspondent and contributor to a number of national media outlets, including NBC’s TODAY, the Style Network, the Nate Berkus Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Hailed as a “Brilliant Bra Guru” by BRAVO-TV and a “stylist extraordinaire,” Luciani is the bestselling author of The Bra Book: The Fashion Formula to Finding the Perfect Bra (BenBella Books, 2009) which counts Sherri Shepherd, Jill Zarin, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kat Deluna among its many celebrity fans. The former fashion editor is a regular contributor to SHAPE.COM, fashion critic for Life & Style Weekly, and has been quoted or featured in nearly every major magazine. When she’s not giving advice on TV or putting her tips in print, she’s playing dress up with her 2-year-old daughter. For more information, visit: www.jeneluciani.com.

About The IASC and The H.U.G. Award
The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) was founded in1955 with the mission of uniting professionals in intimate apparel and related industries as a charitable organization and to participate in activities that will reflect positively on the membership and the industry at large. For 56 years, the IASC has honored well-respected, high-profile companies and individuals at its annual gala fundraiser, which was renamed The H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Award in 1998. The IASC’s membership includes management executives, designers and salespeople, among other professionals. Initially focused on charities for the blind and the elderly, the IASC broadened its scope over the years and today supports a variety of charitable organizations, with pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, among other programs at NYU Langone Medical Center, being the primary beneficiary of its fundraising. For more information, visit www.thehugaward.org.

About Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center
Rusk has been ranked the best rehabilitation hospital in New York, and among the top ten in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 23 years. The world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine, Rusk is among the most renowned centers of its kind for the treatment of adults and children with disabilities—home to innovations and advances that have set the standard in rehabilitation care for every stage of life of life and every phase of recovery. Rusk offers a wide range of specialized therapy programs for newborns, children, and young adults, including communication programs, educational services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology and speech-language pathology services.

At NYU Langone Medical Center, neonates, children, adolescents and young adults receive the most comprehensive and advanced care provided by a team of pediatric subspecialists across the spectrum of medical and surgical discipline. Medical and surgical evaluation and care for simple or complex childhood conditions are provided in both outpatient and inpatient settings. With more than 150 full-time pediatric subspecialists as well as pediatric nurses, child life specialists, social workers, patient advocates and other allied health professionals, and devoted volunteers, NYU Langone is uniquely equipped to provide innovative subspecialty care in a highly personalized manner.You can find more information at NYU Langone's Rusk Rehabilitation.




CHRISTIAN SIRIANO TO PRESENT 2012 H.U.G. AWARD TO PAYLESS SHOESOURCE INC. PRESIDENT AND CEO LUANN VIA AT GALA FUNDRAISER TO BENEFIT PEDIATRIC SERVICES AT NYU LANGONE’S RUSK REHABILITATION AND TISCH HOSPITAL

JENÉ LUCIANI, FASHION EXPERT AND AUTHOR OF “THE BRA BOOK,” TO HOST CEREMONY

New York, NY, October, 2012 — The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC), a New York-based charity organization made up of individuals in the intimate apparel market and other industries, today announced that fashion designer Christian Siriano will present the 2012 H.U.G. Award to Payless ShoeSource President and CEO LuAnn Via at the H.U.G. Awards gala set for November 7 at 230 FIFTH. The gala will raise funds for pediatric services at Rusk Rehabilitation (Rusk) and Tisch Hospital, part of the Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU Langone Medical Center. Jené Luciani, the fashion expert, TV personality and author of “The Bra Book,” will host the ceremony, which will also honor shapewear company Rago Foundations and its Chairman Steven Chernoff, and former longtime VF Corporation executive Janet Peters.

“We are thrilled to have Christian Siriano as a presenter at this year’s H.U.G. Awards Gala,” said IASC President Norma Reinhardt Mascarotti. “His presence will add glamour and excitement as he presents to his good friend and collaborator LuAnn Via. The ceremony will be extra special with Jené Luciani as host. Her lingerie expertise, charm and style are a perfect complement to our event and we’re looking forward to having her preside over what’s sure to be a fun night.”

The annual H.U.G. Awards gala brings together leaders in the fashion and retail industries to raise funds for the IASC’s campaign that supports those undergoing pediatric acute care and rehabilitation services at NYU Langone’s Rusk and Tisch Hospital. Since the start of the program, the H.U.G. Award gala has raised more than $4.2 million for programs at Rusk and Tisch. Individuals or organizations interested in purchasing tickets for this year’s fundraiser or making a donation to the IASC campaign for NYU Langone pediatric services may contact the IASC at 845-758-5752.


About Christian Siriano
Christian Siriano attended the Baltimore School for the Arts and studied fashion in London, where he interned with industry legends Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. When he moved to New York City, Christian became the youngest winner and fan favorite of Bravo’s “Project Runway.” He quickly became a rising star in the fashion industry with clothing available in stores around the world and showing a full collection each season at New York Fashion Week. His designs have appeared in some of the most respected fashion magazines around the world and have been worn by some of the most famous women in fashion and entertainment, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Vanessa Williams, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrosio, among many others. Oprah Winfrey calls his designs “works of art.” Tim Gunn calls him “a prodigy” and “the next great American fashion designer.” Siriano currently designs seasonal collections of shoes and bags for Payless ShoeSource, including elaborate creations as seen on the runway each season and designs for every day styling offered in thousands of Payless store across the country and globe. He is the youngest person to ever appear on the Crain’s 40 Under 40 list. The release of Christian’s book Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self, saw him embark on a national book tour in 2009, and he co-founded accessories e-commerce retailer Send the Trend and served as Chief Curator until 2011. Christian also created a makeup line for Victoria’s Secret and has embarked on design partnerships with LG, Starbucks, Puma and Spiegel. For more information, visit: www.christianvsiriano.com.

About Jené Luciani
Jené Luciani is a fashion journalist, stylist and regular correspondent and contributor to a number of national media outlets, including NBC’s TODAY, the Style Network, the Nate Berkus Show and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Hailed as a “Brilliant Bra Guru” by BRAVO-TV and a “stylist extraordinaire,” Luciani is the bestselling author of The Bra Book: The Fashion Formula to Finding the Perfect Bra (BenBella Books, 2009) which counts Sherri Shepherd, Jill Zarin, Kathie Lee Gifford and Kat Deluna among its many celebrity fans. The former fashion editor is a regular contributor to SHAPE.COM, fashion critic for Life & Style Weekly, and has been quoted or featured in nearly every major magazine. When she’s not giving advice on TV or putting her tips in print, she’s playing dress up with her 2-year-old daughter. For more information, visit: www.jeneluciani.com.

About The IASC and The H.U.G. Award
The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) was founded in1955 with the mission of uniting professionals in intimate apparel and related industries as a charitable organization and to participate in activities that will reflect positively on the membership and the industry at large. For 56 years, the IASC has honored well-respected, high-profile companies and individuals at its annual gala fundraiser, which was renamed The H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Award in 1998. The IASC’s membership includes management executives, designers and salespeople, among other professionals. Initially focused on charities for the blind and the elderly, the IASC broadened its scope over the years and today supports a variety of charitable organizations, with pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, among other programs at NYU Langone Medical Center, being the primary beneficiary of its fundraising. For more information, visit www.thehugaward.org.

About Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center
Rusk has been ranked the best rehabilitation hospital in New York, and among the top ten in the country by U.S. News & World Report for 23 years. The world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine, Rusk is among the most renowned centers of its kind for the treatment of adults and children with disabilities—home to innovations and advances that have set the standard in rehabilitation care for every stage of life of life and every phase of recovery. Rusk offers a wide range of specialized therapy programs for newborns, children, and young adults, including communication programs, educational services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology and speech-language pathology services.

At NYU Langone Medical Center, neonates, children, adolescents and young adults receive the most comprehensive and advanced care provided by a team of pediatric subspecialists across the spectrum of medical and surgical discipline. Medical and surgical evaluation and care for simple or complex childhood conditions are provided in both outpatient and inpatient settings. With more than 150 full-time pediatric subspecialists as well as pediatric nurses, child life specialists, social workers, patient advocates and other allied health professionals, and devoted volunteers, NYU Langone is uniquely equipped to provide innovative subspecialty care in a highly personalized manner.You can find more information at NYU Langone's Rusk Rehabilitation.




PAYLESS SHOESOURCE INC. PRESIDENT AND CEO LUANN VIA, RAGO FOUNDATIONS AND ITS DIRECTOR STEVEN CHERNOFF, AND FORMER VF CORPORATION EXECUTIVE JANET PETERS TO BE HONORED AT 2012 H.U.G. AWARDS GALA TO BENEFIT NYU LANGONE’S PEDIATRIC SERVICES AT RUSK AND TISCH HOSPITAL

New York, NY, June 8, 2012 — The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC), the New York-based charity, announced that its annual H.U.G. Awards gala fundraiser will have three distinguished honorees: Payless ShoeSource Inc. President and CEO LuAnn Via, shapewear company Rago Foundations and its Chairman Steven Chernoff, and former longtime VF Corporation executive Janet Peters. The event will take place November 7 at 230 FIFTH to raise funds for pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, part of the new Hassenfeld Pediatric Center at NYU Langone.

“This is shaping up to be an exciting year of fundraising for The H.U.G. Awards,” said IASC President Norma Reinhardt Mascarotti. “Honoring LuAnn Via, Rago Foundations and Janet Peters gives us a wonderful opportunity to recognize achievement and good will in several areas of fashion, intimates and retail.”

In keeping with the spirit of H.U.G. (Help Us Give), LuAnn Via is being honored for her longstanding commitment to community service and volunteerism. Rago Foundations Chairman Steven Chernoff will accept the award being given in recognition of the company's ongoing contributions to intimate apparel-based charities and other endeavors. Janet Peters, the well-respected philanthropist and veteran of VF Corporation and H. Warshow & Sons, will receive a special lifetime achievement award.

The annual H.U.G. Awards gala brings together leaders in the fashion and retail industries to raise funds for the IASC’s campaign in support of pediatric treatment and rehabilitation at NYU Langone’s Rusk and Tisch Hospital. To date, the H.U.G. Award gala has raised nearly $5 million for programs at Rusk and Tisch. Individuals or organizations interested in purchasing tickets for this year’s fundraiser or making a donation to the IASC NYU Langone Pediatric Services campaign may contact the IASC at 845-758-5752.


About LuAnn Via
LuAnn Via has a proven track record as a leader of both large department stores, specialty and global manufacturing supply chains. She is President & CEO of Payless ShoeSource, the largest specialty family footwear retailer in the Western Hemisphere and dedicated to providing incredible value pricing for trend-right styles of footwear and accessories for the entire family to enjoy. The retailer operates 4,140 stores throughout the Americas and an ecommerce site and also has approximately 160 franchised stores located primarily in Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Payless, LuAnn served as Group Divisional President of Lane Bryant and Cacique stores and as President of Catherine stores, both divisions of Charming Shoppes, Inc. LuAnn has also held senior leadership roles within a number of other top retailers and wholesalers in footwear, accessories, fine jewelry and intimate apparel. LuAnn is a Board member and Chairman of the Scholarship Committee of the Two Ten Footwear Foundation, which is committed to strengthening the footwear community with financial, social and educational support and services, while nurturing community-building and volunteerism. She is a Board member and Audit Committee member of MELA Sciences, Inc., a medical device publicly traded company. LuAnn is also a member of the Committee of 200, which has a mission to foster, celebrate and advance women's leadership in business.

About Rago Foundations
Rago Foundations, manufacturer of Rago® Shapewear, has been a specialist in garment body shaping for more than 65 years in the United States. Rago developed and engineered sewing and fabric constructions to produce garments with exceptional ability to comfortably shape the female form, earning the company an unparalleled reputation. Rago Foundations Chairman Steven Chernoff is a 40-year intimate apparel industry veteran who has manufactured and marketed all areas of intimates and has owned and operated manufacturing operations in narrow and circular knit fabrics. Leading by example, Steven has contributed to numerous industry-based and children’s charities. Steven is also active in the Intimate Apparel Council, a division of the American Apparel and Footwear Manufacturers Association, The Underfashion Club, Inc. and The Intimate Apparel Square Club, for which he served as vice president, president and director.

About Janet Peters
A groundbreaking intimate apparel industry veteran, Janet J. Peters’ storied career began in 1951 when she was selected as a designer’s fit model by J.E. Barbey, Chairman & CEO of Vanity Fair Mills. Janet’s modeling career proved brief as her interest in the business quickly earned her supervisory positions in product line development and quality control as the company grew and expanded into new categories such as robes and foundations. Janet was appointed Merchandise Manager of Private Label in 1968 and was promoted to Divisional Manager in 1972. After several more years of growth and business expansion with private label, she was elected vice president of Vanity Fair. In 1977, Janet made history when she became the first woman to be elected a vice president of VF Corporation. In 1995, Janet was named senior vice president of intimate apparel at VF Corporation and retired in 1998 after a 47-year tenure at the company. Shortly thereafter, Janet was named Chief Operating Officer of the well-known fabric company H. Warshow & Sons, serving in the position for seven years until retiring in 2005. Janet’s longstanding commitment to philanthropy includes serving on several industry boards, including The Fashion Institute of Technology’s Intimate Apparel Advisory Board, The Intimate Apparel Square Club, The Underfashion Club and the National Mother’s Day Council of America. Her numerous industry accolades include The Underfashion Club’s Femmy Award, The High School of Fashion Industries’ Fashion Crafts Educational Commission Award and The Intimate Apparel Square Club’s Al Jaffin Award, among others.

About The IASC and The H.U.G. Award
The Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC) was founded in1955 with the mission of uniting professionals in intimate apparel and related industries as a charitable organization and to participate in activities that will reflect positively on the membership and the industry at large. For 56 years, the IASC has honored well-respected, high-profile companies and individuals at its annual gala fundraiser, which was renamed The H.U.G. (Help Us Give) Award in 1998. The IASC’s membership includes management executives, designers and salespeople, among other professionals. Initially focused on charities for the blind and the elderly, the IASC broadened its scope over the years and today supports a variety of charitable organizations, with pediatric services at Rusk and Tisch Hospital, among other programs at NYU Langone Medical Center, being the primary beneficiary of its fundraising. For more information, visit www.thehugaward.org.

About Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center
Rehabilitation medicine provided at The Rusk Institute has helped it be ranked the best rehabilitation hospital in New York, and among the top ten in the country by U.S. News & World Report for more than 20 years. The world’s first university-affiliated facility devoted entirely to rehabilitation medicine, Rusk is among the most renowned centers of its kind for the treatment of adults and children with disabilities—home to innovations and advances that have set the standard in rehabilitation care for every stage of life of life and every phase of recovery. At NYU Langone Medical Center, neonates, children, adolescents and young adults receive the most comprehensive and advanced care provided by a team of pediatric subspecialists across the spectrum of medical and surgical discipline. Medical and surgical evaluation and care for simple or complex childhood conditions are provided in both outpatient and inpatient settings. With more than 150 full-time pediatric subspecialists as well as pediatric nurses, child life specialists, social workers, patient advocates and other allied health professionals, and devoted volunteers, NYU Langone is uniquely equipped to provide innovative subspecialty care in a highly personalized manner. Rusk offers a wide range of specialized therapy programs for newborns, children, and young adults, including communication programs, educational services, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology and speech-language pathology services. You can find more information at NYU Langone's Rusk Rehabilitation.

EDITORS: High-resolution photography of LuAnn Via, Steven Chernoff and Janet Peters is available upon request




INTIMATE APPAREL SQUARE CLUB HONORS FASHION FORMS FOUNDER AND CEO ANN DEAL AT 2011 H.U.G. AWARD GALA TO BENEFIT PEDIATRIC SERVICES AT NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER – THE RUSK INSTITUTE OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE

New York, NY, December 1, 2011 — Leaders from retail and intimate apparel came together at the elegant New York venue 230 FIFTH on November 2 for the 2011 H.U.G. Award Gala, which celebrated the philanthropic and business achievements of Fashion Forms founder and CEO Ann Deal. Staged by the nonprofit group Intimate Apparel Square Club (IASC), the annual H.U.G. Award Gala benefits pediatric services at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Ann Deal received her H.U.G. Award crystal from emcee Sonja Morgan.
Ann Deal received her H.U.G. Award crystal from emcee Sonja Morgan.

The popular affair, attended by executives from major lingerie brands and stores such as Dillard’s, Sears and Ross Stores, carried the theme “Ce Soir Paris” and featured an appearance by the glamorous reality TV star Sonja Morgan from BRAVO’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” who served as the celebrity emcee. Dr. Steven Flanagan of Rusk Institute delivered an overview of the pediatric services benefited by the H.U.G. Gala and thanked the IASC and the industry for their ongoing support. The award ceremony was highlighted by the participation of Valerie Koehler, Fashion Forms’ Vice President of Sales, Becky Harmon, Director of Merchandising and Production at Fashion Forms, and Deal’s niece Allison Adams, who delighted the audience with their touching anecdotes about Deal.

A popular figure in the intimate apparel industry known for her long-running support of the H.U.G. Award, Deal spearheaded a multifaceted fundraising campaign that included a raffle for an 18 karat brassiere-shaped rose gold and diamond necklace donated by Belly Bella of Beverly Hills and selling premium Godiva chocolates at the gala tables. The IASC held a silent auction of more than 50 sports and entertainment memorabilia and capped the ceremony with an exciting live auction of four fantasy experiences, including a tour for two of the Napa Valley and a tour for four of the New York Mets baseball stadium hosted by a former World Series player, among other showcase items. To date, the annual H.U.G. Award Gala has raised over $4 million for programs at Rusk Institute.

View more photos of the H.U.G. Gala in the HUG Gallery.