COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW), a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer, announces the winner of this year's Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program, Bikers Against Child Abuse. DSW associates nominated several kid's non-profit organizations that have made an impression on their lives. After the DSW team narrowed the nominations to eight finalists, associates and customers cast a record number of votes on social media to support their favorite charities.
Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A), received a $75,000 donation from DSW on behalf of its associates and customers. The mission of the organization is to create a safer environment for abused children, empower children not to feel afraid, and to lend support to our wounded friends by involving them with an established, united organization.
The organization was nominated by Stephanie Carvalho, an associate in Enfield, CT. She was joined by Roger Rawlins, CEO to present the check to the organization, and the video can be viewed at www.shoeloverscare.com.
"I'm ecstatic! The organizations that were also in the running with us are also great organizations, but when we found out that we won, well it's hard to describe the feeling, it kind of gives you goose bumps," Walt Happy Datson, President of the Connecticut chapter of B.A.C.A, said during the check presentation.
The other seven finalists: Cradles to Crayons, CURE Childhood Cancer, Girls on The Run, Give Kids The World, Kaleidoscope Youth Center Inc., Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana and Fender Music Foundation; received a $5,000 donation, and pictures of their check presentations and information about the organizations can be found at www.shoeloverscare.com.
These donations add to the others made through the Shoe Lovers Care Leave Your Mark program and, to date, DSW has been able to donate $665,000 to 47 organizations.
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DSW Inc. is a leading branded shoes and accessories retailer that offers a wide selection of brand name and designer shoes and accessories for women, men, and kids. As of July 14, DSW operates 481 stores in 42 states and operates an e-commerce site, http://www.dsw.com, and a mobile website, http://m.dsw.com. DSW also supplies footwear to 386 leased locations in the United States. DSW offers a free, award-winning loyalty program, DSW Rewards, where customers earn certificates toward future DSW purchases and receive special member-only offers.
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