Kate Spade & Company Named Corporate Honoree of First Candle 2016 Charity Gala, November 3rd at The Pierre In New York City

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National nonprofit committed to the elimination of SIDS, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, and Stillbirth will recognize Kate Spade & Company's maternal health program.

First Candle Charity Gala Invitation

Kate Spade & Company is leading the way in changing how corporations support new and expecting parents.

First Candle, a national nonprofit committed to the elimination of SIDS, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, and Stillbirth, has announced that Kate Spade & Company will be the corporate honoree at the organization’s 2016 charity gala, being held at The Pierre In New York City on November 3rd.

Kate Spade & Company is being recognized for its “My Baby and Me” maternity programs designed to meet the needs of employees and their families. The program aims to get employees’ babies off to the best possible start in life and to further develop a culture supports parents-to-be and encourages those who plan to start a family. This includes a private social-networking group hosted by a baby expert where employees can connect with each other, participate in virtual baby showers and find practical tips related to all things baby including delivery, post-partum and return-to-work. To assist with paid leave, employees are also offered a generous family leave and transition back-to-work benefits that allow parents to stay home longer with their newborn.

First Candle CEO Alison Jacobson says initiatives like those at Kate Spade & Company can have a tremendous impact in the way parents balance work and parenting a newborn.

“Too often, new and expecting parents who work full time don’t have the opportunity to attend parenting classes or groups where they can get advice from experts and other parents,” she says. “Kate Spade & Company is leading the way in changing how corporations support new and expecting parents.”

The First Candle Gala

The First Candle Charity Gala will take place on Thursday, November 3rd, at The Pierre In New York City. In addition to Kate Spade & Company, First Candle will recognize the safe sleep educational efforts of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, present the Marian Sokol Award for the Advancement of Stillbirth Awareness and Prevention to The Star Legacy Foundation, and acknowledge Dr. Benjamin Okaty as the recipient of this year’s Young Investigator’s Award. Finally, New York Family Magazine will be recognized as the gala’s media honoree for their coverage of infant safe sleep.

The prestigious event will also welcome medical researchers, community leaders, and parents, all gathering to recognize the outstanding achievements made by companies and individuals in the areas of healthy pregnancies, infant safety, education, and research.

Guest will also enjoy live music from Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra, a silent auction and a formal dinner. Proceeds from the gala will benefit First Candle’s mission of educating families with the latest research for safe pregnancies and healthy babies.

Individual tickets start at $365, and tables can be purchased for $10,000. For additional information, contact Linnea Michaels at linnea(at)firstcandle(dot)org or visit the First Candle website at http://www.firstcandle.org.

About First Candle

First Candle is a national nonprofit committed to the eliminate Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (SUID), and Stillbirth through education, advocacy, and research while providing compassionate support to bereaved families. For more information or to make a donation, please visit http://www.firstcandle.org or call 443-640-1049.

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