Alber Elbaz accepting the 50th Anniversary Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award

NEW YORK, Jan 9, 2013/ — On Monday night, at the Waldorf-Astroia, the who’s who of fashion honored industry veterans and celebrated the next generation of fashion stars at the 2013 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner.

And on top of the list of honorees is Lanvin’s artistic director, Alber Elbaz who was awarded the prestigious 50th Anniversary Geoffrey Beene Fashion Impact Award.

The other honorees included industry veteran and former PVH president Allen Sirkin, who accepted The Lifetime Achievement Award, and Michael Balmuth, CEO of Ross Stores who was presented with, Retailer of the Year Award.

Other notable attendees included Bibhu Mohapatra, Kim Hastreiter, Alexandra Lind Rose, Lynn Hirschberg, Jim Gold, Stefano Tonchi, Andrea DuBois, Jason Kidd, Porschla Coleman, Rula Jebreal and Alvin Valley.

With more than 900 attendees, CNN fashion correspondent, Alina Cho hosted the 2013 YMA FSF Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner. Celebrating the organization’s 76th year of supporting the next generation of fashion industry leaders, the event granted 124 college students with $5,000 scholarships.

The evening also included the presentation of four $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarships and another four Geoffrey Beene $10,000 runner-up scholarships to deserving students pursuing a career in fashion arts.

This year’s event raised 1.9 million dollars to support its scholarship, mentoring and internship programs, making it the second most successful dinner in the organization’s 76 year history.

Founded in 1937, The YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund (FSF) is a national not-for-profit association consisting of influential members of the fashion community, dedicated to promoting education of the fashion arts and business by granting scholarships to talented students and facilitating internships, mentorships and career programs.

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