One of the highlights of the FIT year is always our annual gala, and this year it was especially so. That we raised $1.7 million certainly was part of what made it so special. But I think that this year our gala just had a kind of magical ambiance. It was held at the Plaza Hotel and the room, beautifully lit and decorated, positively glowed.
Added to that was a warmth and cheer that radiated throughout the room, owing, I think, to our illustrious honorees: Dennis Basso, John and Laura Pomerantz, and QVC—all of whom are part of the FIT family. Dennis is an FIT alumnus; John and Laura are among the college’s most devoted long-term supporters, and QVC, the home shopping pioneer, is one of our newest partners. Mike George, QVC’s president and CEO accepted the “Retailer of the Year” award and it was a pleasure welcoming him and his company into the FIT family. It was a pleasure, too, seeing so many of our guests looking so glamorous in gowns by Dennis Basso! I will let these photos tell the rest of the story!