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The NRF Foundation announces influential host committee members for its third annual Gala fundraising event

Washington, DC, 2016-Nov-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The NRF Foundation today (November 1, 2016) announced a lineup of industry insiders, CEOs and celebrities who will serve as host committee members for the Foundation’s third annual Gala fundraising event during Retail’s BIG Show this winter. The Gala will bring together the next generation of retail stars, hundreds of the industry’s top leaders, and new honorees on The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future January 15, 2017, at Pier Sixty in New York City.

“The NRF Foundation Gala is an opportunity for retail executives to celebrate the imagination, inspiration and innovation happening in our industry every day, and recognize dozens of amazing students who will be shaping retail’s future tomorrow,” HSNi CEO and NRF Foundation Board Chair Mindy Grossman said. Grossman chairs the NRF Foundation Board of Directors and will co-host the event along with Kip Tindell, chairman of The Container Store and chairman of the NRF Board of Directors. “I’m so excited to see retail’s visionaries, luminaries and legends come together again for an incredibly impactful celebration to benefit the great work of the NRF Foundation.”

The NRF Foundation Gala is an annual event where retail leaders unite to celebrate the industry, support the next generation of retail talent, recognize the amazing achievements of the people shaping retail today, and invest in tomorrow by giving back to our promising and dynamic industry.

Members of the 2017 Host Committee:

  • Iris Apfel
  • Steve Barr, US Retail & Consumer Leader of PwC
  • Gunther Bright, EVP, Merchant Services – U.S. of American Express Company
  • Michael Clinton, President, Marketing & Publishing Director of Hearst Magazines
  • Nina Garcia, Creative Director of Marie Claire & Project Runway Judge
  • Alexis Glick, CEO of GENYOUth
  • Giuliana Rancic, Fashion Designer & TV Host
  • Rebecca Minkoff, Creative Director & Co-Founder of Rebecca Minkoff
  • Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel Corporation
  • Randi Zuckerberg, CEO of Zuckerberg Media & Executive Producer of DOT

Proceeds from the Gala’s table sales, donations, sponsorship packages and auction will benefit the Foundation’s initiatives over the next year, including funding for student scholarships and experiences, advancement efforts for young professionals in retail, learning and development programs to help people secure retail jobs and advance in them, and showcasing diverse and innovative retail career opportunities.

In addition to recognizing The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future 2017, the Gala will welcome dozens of high-performing students and scholarship recipients who are a part of the NRF Student Association. The List of People Shaping Retail’s Future will be announced in early January.

The second annual NRF Foundation Gala in January 2016 raised $1.65 million for scholarships, programs and initiatives. Those seeking to participate in the Gala can find more information at

Media interested in covering the event should contact NRF’s media team at

About the NRF Foundation
The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail. The NRF Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit arm of the National Retail Federation and is funded in part by generous donations from retail industry supporters.

Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

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