Two Ten Footwear Foundation Seeks to Provide Additional Scholarship Funds to US Vets

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The Footwear Warriors Scholarship Fund Launches Phase II Fundraising Campaign

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We created this scholarship to give something back to those men and women who have sacrificed so much for us" - Kevin Donahue, Chairman and CEO of Quabaug Corp.

In observation of Veteran’s Day, Two Ten Footwear Foundation today announced the launch of its Footwear Warriors Phase II Campaign, a concentrated three-month fundraising appeal to increase the number of scholarships made available for Veterans working in or returning to the footwear industry. To increase the number of scholarship funds earmarked for Veterans, the financial goal for phase two is to raise $60,000 by February 28, 2015, which aligns with the scholarship award cycle for the 2015/2016 academic year.

The scholarship fund was first made possible by Quabaug Corporation, Vibram, and the Donahue family with an initial commitment of $130,000. Since its initial launch, the Footwear Warriors Scholarship Fund has been generously supported by: ASICS America Corp.; Biltrite; Bollus Lynch LLP; Deer Stags, Inc.; Doherty Associates; Exsel Advertising; Fed Ex, Fletcher Tilton PC; HB Chemical; Harwick Standard Distribution Corporation; Ken Hicks; Mary Kuconis, MEK Search; McRae Footwear; Micro-Pak, Ltd.; Rick Muskat; New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.; Neal Newman; Ortholite; The Protector Group; Quabaug Corporation; Red Wing Shoe Foundation; Rocky Brands, Inc.; Jim Salzano; Texas Leather Trim; Timberland LLC; UPS - Supply Chain Solutions; UniBank; Vibram USA; and Zeon Chemicals L.P.

“We created this scholarship to give something back to those men and women who have sacrificed so much for us,” said Kevin Donahue, Chairman and CEO of Quabaug Corporation and Two Ten Honorary Board member.

“In addition to Kevin’s leadership on this campaign, Two Ten is extremely fortunate to have David Sharp, President and CEO of Rocky Brands, as a co-chair for the next phase of the appeal,” said Neal Newman, President, Two Ten. A matching gift fund of over $30,000 has been raised in record time with gifts from Kevin Donahue, Rocky Brands, Vibram and W.L. Gore. This challenge gift fund can be used to match additional gifts up to $30,000 to reach the total Phase II goal of $60,000, bringing the total endowed fund to $360,000.

About Two Ten Scholarships
From Los Angeles to New York, Two Ten has awarded $18 million to its scholars since 1969. Founded in 2013, the Footwear Warriors Scholarship was designed to help our Veterans get the additional training and/or education needed after their service to bridge the gap between military and civilian life. The application period for all Two Ten scholarships – including general higher education, design-specific and Footwear Warriors – opens December 1. For additional information, please visit http://www.twoten.org/scholarships.

About Two Ten Footwear Foundation
From its humble “pass-the-hat” beginnings in depression-era 1939, to serving over 250,000 footwear employees and their families today, Two Ten’s commitment to providing emergency financial assistance, scholarships, counseling services and community building programs continues to uphold its 75 year legacy of changing lives. In its fiscal year 2014, Two Ten provided $2.3 million in financial assistance and scholarships to footwear families in times of pressing need.

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