Launching the “Kelly by Kelly Killoren Bensimon” Shoe Line To Benefit “The Breast Cancer Foundation”
Photo Credits Ralph Notaro
This is a milestone in my career and is extremely special as my first major endorsement. I am grateful to have the opportunity to channel my two passions; philanthropy and style.
Time and time again, people always ask me what the most rewarding part of philanthropy is. My motivation to be involved was sparked by the lives of others who are persevering through the various challenges life handed them. I tell them one of the most amazing gifts I have received in life is the opportunity to be face to face with hope; pure, simple hope. It is one of the basic human emotions, but certainly the hardest to portray in times of adversity.
I am so proud of everything the Kelly by Kelly Killoren Bensimon line stands for. I have known many individuals who courageously battled Breast Cancer, and have seen their lives change through each and every step of fight. From enduring long hours of chemotherapy, invasive surgeries, and even when in remission, the lingering thought of the cancer returning, this disease tests the ultimate strength of those affected.
As the mother of two daughters, I want to make sure they grow up in a world where there is a cure to Breast Cancer and that they are never forced to lose a loved one to this disease.
I am very grateful to Bobby Campbell, CEO of BBC International, for allowing the vision and creativity of this line to come to life. You have paved the way for my first major endorsement, and it has been a pleasure creating this chic and philanthropic ballet flat with you. In addition, your generous donation to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, speaks volumes of your commitment to this cause, and I cannot thank you enough.
I would also like to thank Seth Campbell for your amazing collaboration with the line. Your experience working at Manolo Blahnik, my favorite shoe designer couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for this line. You have helped me produce a fashionable version that will make great style democratic and affordable.
To Senada Adzem, Robbie Finke Franklin, and Jaimesen Sotolongo, thank you for helping me see this through. You are amazing women and I am lucky to share this venture with you.
Finally, I would to thank all the individuals in my life who have helped me achieve my philanthropic purpose. With the Kelly by Kelly Killoren Bensimon line, I will now go forward and be able to create hope for millions of those affected by Breast Cancer. This shoe line is my way of commending those individuals while funding for a cure. Every shoe sold, $3.00 will go to the The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.