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Tommy Hilfiger Foundation Hosts Teens for DHS Annual Holiday Event
Throughout his illustrious career in fashion, Tommy Hilfiger has made himself− and his label− a household name both on the runways, and in the department stores. However, around the Department of Homeless Services (DHS), he−and his company− are recognized for another stylish asset: a strong commitment to giving back.

Founded in 1995, the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation aims to enrich the lives of youth, focusing on opportunities that provide educational offerings to populations across the world.

On Thursday, December 13, continuing its longstanding partnership with DHS, the foundation invited teens from six City shelters to a holiday party at the Tommy Hilfiger Corporate headquarters. Joined by Foundation President, Guy Vickers, attendees enjoyed an evening of great food, entertainment and gifts.

After eating, the teens took turns striking a pose on the red carpet and showcasing their best moves on the dance floor. Now in its fifth year, the party aims to engage the teenage audience, during a season when many events are geared toward younger children.

“The Tommy Foundation continues to be one of our most valued and dependable partners throughout the course of the year,” said DHS’ Deputy Commissioner for Communications & External Affairs, Barbara Brancaccio. “Time and time again, this event proves to be truly special, and yet age-appropriate, for so many teens in shelter.”

Sparkling chandeliers, shiny red ornaments and holiday decorations galore set the stage for the spectacular celebration, which was held in the company’s cafeteria− the People’s Place. Named after Mr. Hilfiger’s first store in his hometown of Elmira, N.Y., the People’s Place has become a familiar and comforting backdrop for so many of the foundation’s charitable events.  

In his opening remarks to the youngsters, Mr. Vickers stressed the importance of being “kind to yourself and to others.” He also noted that, if it had not been for the encouragement and support of mentors early on in his life, he does not know where he would be today.

“There are so many people who care about you,” he said. “When you all become successful one day, remember to always give back.”

In addition to hosting the annual holiday party, the foundation has, over the years, provided tours of its office to young adults in shelter who are interested in fashion, hosted high school-aged girls to choose prom dresses and accessories, and has donated large amounts of clothing to families in need.