Celebrate Our 11th Annual Gala
Kula for Karma
Feast, Toast, Give
2018 Gala Honoree: Steve Madden
A man who wears many hats — and shoes — Steve Madden cannot be described in one word. He is an entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, a business titan, family man, and subject of a documentary film, MADDMAN: The Steve Madden Story, on Netflix — a movie that peels back the facade of the man who built a booming brand and nearly lost it to “The Wolf of Wall Street” — only to rebound with a global empire. He’s walked the line both there and back without forgetting his humble beginnings or his core consumer, resulting in millions of adoring fans worldwide. Considered the fashion footwear mogul of the 21st century, Madden has an innate sense of what’s hot, what’s next, what’s exciting and more importantly, how this will translate to his consumer. As with fashion and design, Madden has an eye and ear for young, emerging music talent which led to the creation of Steve Madden Music — and soon followed with the launch of his music label, 5 Towns Records in 2016.
In 1990 with a mere $1,100 in the bank, Madden swiftly followed his intuition to create the next big trend, anticipate consumer needs and subsequently deliver collections that were both cutting edge and highly saleable. Madden channeled his creative energy to produce a variety of silhouettes and vibrant styles in his Queens-based factory. Quickly his dream became reality and the Steve Madden brand was born.
November 5, 2018 - 6pm - Hilton Pearl River
Restaurants and culinary artists from all over the region will be hosting tapas-style tasting stations interspersed with wine stations for over 350 guests. The event also features a silent auction and jazz quartet.
Those under the age of 30 can purchase a Young Professional ticket for $150.
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Thank you to our event sponsors for their generous contributions!