The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has announced the presenters and slate of honorees to be recognized during the 32nd Annual AAFA American Image Awards benefiting Autism Speaks later this month.

During the 2010 AAFA American Image Awards, presenters will include Tom Brokaw, Tim Gunn and Robert Verdi. The Humanitarian Award will be presented to Bob and Suzanne Wright, Founders of Autism Speaks; the Designer of the Year Award will be presented to designer John Bartlett; the Fashion Maverick Award will be presented to Fern Mallis, Senior Vice President of IMG Fashion; the Retailer of the Year Award will be presented to GAP, Inc.; the Brand of the Year Award will be presented to Steve Madden; the E-Tailer of the Year Award will be presented to Shopbop.com; and the Excellence in Global Leadership Award will be presented to Li & Fung, Ltd., to be accepted by Bruce Rockowitz, President of Li & Fung, Ltd., and Rick Darling, President of LF USA.

“From behind the ‘seams’ to your online shopping cart, the 2010 American Image Award honorees embody the full gamut of the industry,” said AAFA President and CEO kevin M. Burke. “Our honorees represent the best in leadership and innovation within the industry and charity. We are very proud to recognize their accomplishments and work together to help raise awareness and funds for autism.”

Forty percent of the event’s net proceeds will benefit Autism Speaks, the 2010 AAFA American Image Awards partner charity. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading not-for-profit organization for autism research and awareness.

The annual industry charity event will be held May 26, 2010, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City at 6:30 PM.

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