Vince Camuto, 2014 Father of the Year honoree, died on January 21, 2015, surrounded by his wife and five children. Camuto was one of the pioneering founders of the Nine West footwear line. In recent years, Camuto expanded dramatically and built a multibillion-dollar empire consisting of a number of brands across a wide range of categories, as well as his own concept stores.
Our heartfelt sympathy to the Camuto family, friends, and business associates.
Matthew Youngs, president of Ralph Lauren Childrenswear and Latin America, has been named chairman of the National Father's Day Committee. He will work with Dan Orwig, president and chief executive officer of The Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, to oversee the annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon.
The Father's Day/Mother's Day Council is a not-for-profit organization that strives to heighten the awareness of the Father's Day and Mother's Day holidays, while raising funds for family-related philanthropic purposes. The Father of the Year Awards lunch benefits Save the Children's U.S. programs.
"As Matthew's co-chair last year, I have witnessed his outstanding leadership and unwavering dedication to this organization first hand, and I am certain he will be influential as we look to create another successful event," said Orwig.
Robert Reid was honored as the 2014 All Star Dad at the June 4th Father of Year Awards luncheon. Mr. Reid's daughter, Julianne, submitted the winning essay describing her father as truly amazing for bringing up 4 wonderful children including his mentally disabled daughter, Olivia, who suffers from epilepsy. His fight to support all individuals with disabilities includes swim coach for the Special Olympics and participation in many Epilepsy Foundation events. Julianne points out that "he is the definition of selfless" and is "constantly giving to those around him and never expects anything in return." You can learn more about Robert Reid, the 2014 All Star Dad, as well as past winners on the www.allstardad.org website.
The Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, Inc. has chosen to benefit two outstanding national charities for 2015. The regional Father's Day Council organization will support the American Diabetes Association with its "Father of the Year" Awards program. The National "Father of the Year" Awards program and "Outstanding Mother Awards" program, based in New York, will benefit Save the Children. Both organizations help and support the needs of Mothers, Fathers, and Children.
The Regional Awards program, directed by the regional Father's Day Councils, has set aggressive goals for 2015. There are Father's Day councils in 33 cities across the country that will present "Father of the Year" awards to deserving Fathers in their community.
The 2015 Father's Day regional awards programs will be held in Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Boston, MA; Central Texas; Charlotte, SC; Chicago, IL; Cincinnati, OH; Dallas, TX; Denver, CO; Corpus Christi, TX; Detroit, MI; Fort Lauderdale, FL; Grand Rapids, MI; Long Island, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Nashville, TN; New Orleans, LA; Northern New Jersey; Orange County, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland, OR; Raleigh, NC; Riverside, CA; Tucson, AZ; Sacramento, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; San Diego, CA; Seattle, WA; and Westchester, NY..
Fathers who have attained professional success and have found the time to be role models in raising their children will be honored. Our 2015 regional Father of the Year honorees help to raise funds for our charity partners the American Diabetes Association and the Steele Children's Research Center (Tucson Council). We are proud to say that during the last 13 years the regional programs have raised more than $30 million to benefit our charity partners.
The Council and its friends are working for families and to find a cure for diseases like diabetes. You can help! Attend an awards program, participate as a volunteer with the Father's Day Council, or simply make a contribution.
Contact the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council or our Partners below to see how you can contribute and be a part of the program.