Hollywood, FCL -- Retail luminaries will gather to celebrate the next generation of retail designers at the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's Annual Gala, to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011. The Gala will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. This celebratory industry-networking event includes cocktails, dinner, music, and awards. Now in its 15th year, the Gala is a major fundraiser for PAVE, which will award over $65,000 in grants and competition awards throughout 2011.

Chairing the 2011 event is Bill Goddu, vice president of marketing, FLEETWOOD FIXTURES. Joining Bill as co-chairs are Harry Cunningham, senior vice president of store planning, design, and visual merchandising, Saks Fifth Avenue; and Denise Waldo, vice president, business development, Leggett & Platt Store Fixtures.

"2011 marks a great year recognizing 15 years of stewardship and valuable contributions across many corporate organizations and individual volunteer contributors to the PAVE Gala. I'm pleased Denise Waldo and Harry Cunningham are joining me at the Chair's table. We look forward to collaborating with each volunteer who has raised their hand in support of this event. We are honored to have Sephora's support for what promises to be another amazing Student Design Competition, "said Goddu.

The winner's of PAVE's 2011 Student Design Competition, sponsored by Sephora, will be recognized. And the event will distinguish the best in New York City retail design and visual merchandising. VMSD will present awards for Excellence in New York Visual Merchandising and Design. DDI will present the Winning Windows Awards, honoring the top holiday windows in NYC.

Details about the event will be available on the PAVE web site soon. The PAVE Gala will be held during A.R.E.'s Retail Design Collective.

About PAVE

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation administered by A.R.E.

SOURCE: Planning and Visual Education Partnership

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