With As­sist From Shaq, De­liv­er­ing Good Raises Over $1.8M at Gala

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Shaq even of­fered up him­self to a par­ent of a Bar or Bat Mitz­vah child for the auc­tion.

NEW YORK — When Shaquille O’Neal ap­proached the red car­pet at the De­liv­er­ing Good gala at the Ziegfeld Ball­room Wed­nes­day night, the crowd went crazy.

The bas­ket­ball leg­end was there to present Jamie Sal­ter, founder, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Au­then­tic Brands Group, and Nick Wood­house, pres­i­dent and chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer of ABG, with their awards, as both ABG ex­ec­u­tives are part­ners in O’Neal’s com­pany. ABG ac­quired the right to man­age O’Neal’s name in the mer­chan­dise and en­dorse­ment world in 2015.

“Shalom,” said O’Neal, start­ing to talk in He­brew later at the podium. “I’ve been work­ing with Nick and Jamie for three years now, and they’re the true def­i­ni­tion of ser­vant lead­er­ship. Th­ese guys al­ways do give back. In other words, th­ese two guys are Shaq-tas­tic.”

“First of all, things come in all sizes,” said Sal­ter, stand­ing next to the 7-foot, 1-inch O’Neal. “I have to wear big shoes at ABG to work with Shaq. This award goes to all the peo­ple in the au­di­ence, with­out the re­tail­ers, the whole­salers and all the peo­ple at ABG, this would not be pos­si­ble.”

Wood­house added, “The great Muham­mad Ali once said, ser­vice to oth­ers is the rent you pay for your time here on Earth. That adage also taught me a new def­i­ni­tion of the word ‘good.’ When I met those kids [who are helped by De­liv­er­ing Good], I re­al­ized that what they think is good is a lot dif­fer­ent than what a lot of peo­ple in this room think is good. Good to us might mean a nice din­ner at Mi­los. Good to them might mean a nice din­ner.”

Oth­ers hon­ored at the De­liv­er­ing Good (for­merly K.I.D.S./Fash­ion De­liv­ers) event were An­nette Repasch, group vice pres­i­dent, Meijer Inc.; Haim Dabah, founder, Kid­box and man­ag­ing part­ner, HDS Cap­i­tal, and Gabriel Ha­mani, ceo of BHI.

In pre­sent­ing the award to Repasch, Car­son Kress­ley, the TV per­son­al­ity and ac­tor, spoke about Repasch’s abil­ity to swiftly turn around many busi­nesses. “But most of all is her pas­sion to give back to oth­ers, to be hum­ble, to never set­tle for less and to en­cour­age oth­ers to find the best in them­selves.”

“We all know it all starts with us,” said Repasch. “I chal­lenge you to dig deep, give back and be thank­ful for ev­ery day.… Ev­ery day you got to get up, you got to look in the mir­ror and you have to kiss those mus­cles,” she said.

Dabah said he was in­flu­enced to build a busi­ness with a mis­sion at its core about giv­ing back. For ev­ery box of prod­uct they sell at Kid­box, they do­nate cloth­ing to De­liv­er­ing Good. They asked par­ents to help them choose the char­ity so when the mom gets the box, she chooses a char­ity. “We found from the par­ents this was the first con­ver­sa­tion par­ents had with their chil­dren about giv­ing back,” he said.

The event raised over $1.8 mil­lion for the char­ity, ac­cord­ing to Lisa Gur­witch, pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of De­liv­er­ing Good. Since 1985, more than

$1.8 bil­lion of do­nated prod­ucts have been dis­trib­uted through their net­work of com­mu­nity part­ners.

Guests in­cluded Rick Dar­ling, Mor­ris Gold­farb, Abbey Do­neger, Lau­rence C. Leeds Jr., Mark We­ber, Mary Beech, Roger Rawl­ins, Si­mon Nankervis, John Pomer­antz, Stacy Igel, Jar­rod We­ber, and Lana Todor­ovich.

Al­lan Ellinger, board chair­man of De­liv­er­ing Good and se­nior man­ag­ing part­ner, MMG Ad­vi­sors Inc., used his time at the plat­form to re­veal his suc­ces­sor at the char­ity. “It’s a very poignant evening as this is my last gala as chair­man of De­liv­er­ing Good,” said Ellinger, who will be suc­ceeded Jan. 1 by An­drea Weiss.

“The past 13 years have been an amaz­ing jour­ney for me,” he said.

Dur­ing the din­ner, O’Neal played a key role in the auc­tion, go­ing so far as to auc­tion him­self off to a par­ent of a lucky boy or girl for their bar or bat mitz­vah, call­ing it a “Shaq Mitz­vah,” or even to make an ap­pear­ance at a wed­ding. It drummed up thou­sands of dol­lars for the char­ity.

Nick Wood­house, Shaquille O’Neal andJamie Sal­ter.

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