Gigi Hadid Visits UNICEF Programming in Bangladesh

 August 27th - 2018  International supermodel and UNICEF Supporter Gigi Hadid traveled with UNICEF USA to Bangladesh last week, promoting the rights and well-being of every child. During her visit, Hadid saw first-hand the impact of UNICEF programming, including education, child-friendly spaces, health support and more. The trip fell on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Rohingya refugee crisis, which began on August 25, 2017.

There are 1.3 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the region since the mass influx of Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh from Myanmar last year, and more than half are children. On a visit to the Sabrang river border area, Hadid saw the route that so many children and families took in hopes of a safer life.

At a Learning Center in Shamlapur Camp, Hadid met students and joined in educational games and activities. At an Information Feedback Center, she met with inspirational young people, mothers and community mobilizers who are engaging their communities in response efforts.

At a Women-Friendly Space in Jamtoli Camp, Hadid met women who are leading their households with support from UNICEF and partners. In the Kutupalong camp, Hadid saw the lifesaving impact of Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food Packets for malnourished children at an Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding Center and saw the power of play at a Child-Friendly Space, where kids receive support and recover from trauma.

"Visiting the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh with Gigi Hadid ahead of the one-year mark of the crisis was a hugely impactful experience. It gave me a renewed sense of purpose to make sure that these bright, dynamic children have everything they need to grow and thrive," said Caryl M. Stern President and CEO of UNICEF USA. "We are so thankful that Gigi gave her time, voice and platforms to this mission. She is a living example of what it means to put 'children first' and was a natural in the environment – warm and engaging with everyone she met. We are thrilled to have her as a UNICEF USA Supporter."

Upon her return, Hadid and UNICEF Ambassador Halima Aden started a CrowdRise page to support UNICEF's work to protect children on the move around the world and celebrate their September cover of CR Fashion Book. Both Hadid and Aden are represented by IMG Models, whose parent company Endeavor helped introduce them to UNICEF USA. 

"We were so proud to connect Gigi with Endeavor's social impact partner, UNICEF, and watch her mobilize immediately through her first field visit to Bangladesh. Gigi was able to witness firsthand the incredible work UNICEF is doing with the Rohingya refugees in helping them not only survive, but thrive. The impassioned support from Gigi, Halima and their teams at IMG Models will continue to raise awareness for and have a direct impact on the communities UNICEF serves around the world," stated Tascha Rudder, Executive Director of the Endeavor Foundation.

Fort Myers Based Chico's Fashion Brands Joins Forces with Habitat for Humanity

  March 16th 2018 - Chico's FAS, Inc. (NYSE: CHS) and its family of brands, Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma, announce a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity International aimed at empowering women to build strength, stability and independence through housing.

"As a Company that serves women, Chico's FAS is deeply committed to their well-being, health and empowerment. A safe, affordable home creates transformational advancements for women, their families and communities," said Shelley Broader, President and CEO of Chico's FAS. "We recognize and value the immense contributions that women make every day. With over 65% female representation on our Executive Committee and 55% representation on our Board, our commitment to women's development is ongoing and indisputable. There is no greater force than women coming together to support each other."

The partnership kicks off on March 8th in support of International Women's Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This multifaceted partnership includes sponsorship of Habitat's 2018 Women Build program, which recruits, educates and inspires women to build and advocate for safe and affordable shelter in their communities. Chico's FAS' support will directly impact 77 communities across the United States, including the complete funding of two new homes and providing $1,000 grants to 75 Women Build projects.

To further the effort, each of Chico's FAS' brands will donate a portion of certain product sales, up to a combined maximum donation of $650,000, to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Additionally, Chico's FAS will collect register donations at its Chico's, White House Black Market and Soma boutiques, outlets and online.

"Chico's FAS is consistently recognized for their real and substantial commitment to women's equality. In the U.S. alone, affordable housing is unreachable for far too many women and their families, creating barriers to education, financial stability and health. We know that home is the key to a better future and together, with the help of partners like Chico's FAS, we can give a hand up to more women in need of a decent place to call home," said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, Senior Vice President of Development, Habitat for Humanity International.

Chico's FAS will also sponsor Habitat's upcoming Home is the Key campaign, which gathers sponsors, celebrities and community leaders for activities and build events across the country, drawing attention to the critical need for affordable housing.

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Helzberg Diamonds Launches Mad Mobile's Concierge Solution

Top Jewelry Retailer Empowers Retail Store Associates with Mobile

 Jan 2018 - Mad Mobile, a recognized leader in Unified Commerce, announced today the successful rollout of its Concierge solution for Helzberg Diamonds.  A Berkshire Hathaway company, Helzberg is now running the Concierge mobile application for store associates in all stores.

"After reviewing multiple technology solutions, we picked Mad Mobile because of their proven track record with large scale implementations as well as the results of their clients, such as Talbots, are seeing with Concierge," said Helzberg CIO Jeff Rohr.

With Concierge, Helzberg Diamonds store associates have instant mobile access to product and customer data that resides in their retail systems including inventory availability and tools to help them connect with customers to generate additional store traffic and sales.

"We are excited to partner with the Helzberg Diamonds team to transform to empower their store associates with these clienteling capabilities," said Mad Mobile CEO Bruce Bennett. "The Concierge solution has already made a positive impact on the shopping experience at Helzberg Diamonds."

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