A diagnosis of cancer is devastating, affecting not only the individual, but their immediate family and their larger network as well. Modern medicine has come a long way in helping to increase the cure rate, but unfortunately, there is still a lot of research to be done. In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Vionic is proud to highlight our continued partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium Foundation (PNOC). Together, we’re taking steps towards a cure for cancer.
For many years, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has been instrumental in leading the way in terms of research and treatment of childhood cancers. In the last 60 years, they have helped to push the overall childhood cancer survival rate in the U.S. from 20% to over 80%. Additionally, no family receives a bill while their child is being treated at the hospital.
PNOC strives to bring awareness and raise funds for research on pediatric brain cancer, which is now the deadliest of all childhood cancers. PNOC was established by Vionic co-founder Bruce Campbell and his wife Allyn in 2013 after their son George was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010. 12 years later, after 10 hours of surgery and 31 radiation sessions, George is doing well. The Campbells do their best to make sure that other kids facing a cancer diagnosis have the same opportunity to live life to the fullest.
Last month, Vionic customers had the opportunity to donate to these great organizations when checking out, with 100% of donations going equally to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and PNOC. With over 5,400 donations, over $16,000 was raised. Vionic stands for advocating on behalf of wellness in all its forms, and we thank you in advance for helping make a difference in the lives of children battling cancer.
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month during October, we are proud to announce our continued partnership with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF) as they push forward in supporting prevention research and to find a cure. After the success of our first BCRF capsule collection last year, we’re doing it again so that you can continue to join us, standing in solidarity with everyone impacted by this disease. For 2022, we’re offering two slippers and a sneaker in our signature Cameo Pink, a colorway that’s exclusive to this partnership. 100% of net proceeds from the sale capsule collection will go to BCRF, with a minimum donation of $100,000.00. Here is some more information on the styles for 2022:
Gemma: Available in Women’s Medium-Wide Width 5-12 (whole sizes only)
With supportive comfort and durable wear-anywhere soles, you never have to take these off! Adjustability assures a perfect fit.
Relax: Available in Women’s Medium-Wide Width 5-12 (whole sizes only)
Fuzzy comfort, adjustability and durable wear-anywhere soles make these supportive slippers a day-thru-night dream come true.
Pismo: Available in Women’s Medium Width 5, 6-10, 11, 12
This washable, leather-free slip-on is made with eco-conscious material and relaxed construction. Stride casually—and sustainably!
Breast Cancer Facts:
In the U.S., breast cancer will impact 1 in 8 women in their lifetime
Breast cancer is the most common cancer American women (except for nonmelanoma skin cancers)
Every 2 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with breast cancer
The average relative survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer is 91%
In the U.S. this year, an estimated more than 43,000 women and 500 men will die from breast cancer
Show your support and join us in the fight against breast cancer by checking out vionicshoes.com/bcrf!
This past June, in partnership with the undersea research group Proteus™, Vionic hosted its inaugural Beach Cleanup as part of the launch of our Vionic x Proteus eco-conscious sneaker collection. Held at Santa Monica State Beach in southern California, a beautiful day was had by attendees who showed up to collect garbage from the beach and give back to the Earth in an impactful, action-oriented way. Proteus founder Fabien Cousteau (Aquanaut, Ocean Explorer, and Environment Advocate) was also on hand, meeting with attendees and putting on a great program that explained the work Proteus does to advocate on behalf of the world’s oceans.
Vionic x Proteus is the first shoe collaboration that Proteus has become involved with—a logical fit given that the fabric on these shoes is a 100% post‑consumer recycled material created from ocean‑bound plastic bottles. The collection currently consists of three casual slip-on styles that feature colorful, hand-drawn ocean corals by the Vionic design team. Vionic and Proteus are committed to bringing awareness about the health of our oceans and why it is imperative that we strive to protect it.
As women around the world continue to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Vionic Shoes—from our home base in San Rafael, California—is pleased to align with local chapters of Dress for Success® San Francisco/San Jose in inspiring hope and resilience in women through its “Your Hour, Her Power” campaign. We are also thrilled that this invaluable non-profit is also recognizing our own Angela Caltagirone, as a member of Bay Area Women in Power, for her outstanding leadership and advocacy of initiatives that help women thrive professionally and personally.
Vionic is fortunate to have the guidance of Angela in her role as Senior Vice President and General Manager. With a career devoted to developing some of retail’s biggest brands, she’s been instrumental in helping build Vionic into what it is today with visionary goals for the future. Part of Angela’s considerable expertise includes her dedication to mentoring a strong leadership environment in which women are front and center.
This leadership has shone during the challenging business climate of the past two years, guiding a nimble approach to all aspects of our Vionic operation. From embracing the corporate shift to a remote workforce, navigating global supply-chain issues, driving revenue through economic upheaval, etc., Angela and the larger leadership team have worked to ensure Vionic’s continuing success while maintaining the health and safety of all employees. In step with the societal landscape, she has upheld diversity, equity and inclusion as cornerstones of our brand’s wellness-driven DNA. And, when it could have been a time to pull back from philanthropy, Angela has not lost focus on it being a key Vionic priority.
Our company and Dress for Success have enjoyed a long relationship that’s included event sponsorship, financial contributions and donations of Vionic shoes to help empower women in either entering or returning to the workplace. The mission of Dress for Success is to assist women in finding their way to contribute to the world economy by providing much needed support, due to a variety of situations, that have impeded their confidence and independence.
For all these things (and more!), we celebrate Angela for her recognition in the “Your Hour, Her Power” campaign by Dress for Success. Congratulations!
In continuing our impact in our community and beyond, Vionic Cares is proud to announce our support of Center for Domestic Peace as a sponsor of their annual “In Celebration of Mothers” event. Vionic Cares’ sponsorship not only helps to cover the event costs, but will help fund programs and services that are instrumental in helping those who have been affected by domestic violence of any kind. The mission of Center for Domestic Peace is reducing and hopefully eliminating domestic violence for women, children, and in families as a whole.
The “In Celebration of Mothers” luncheon is an afternoon event, taking place on Mother’s Day, that allows supporters–families, community members, donors, and more–of Center for Domestic Peace to meet, inspire, and discuss with the goal of creating incredible energy and great memories that help to make positive change to many people’s lives.
If you would like to join in on supporting Center for Domestic Peace, you can donate here to help support an important cause.
A new year means new opportunities to continue giving back! It’s 2022 and Vionic Cares is in action, working towards supporting a brighter future for people from all walks of life. This philanthropic branch of Vionic Shoes strategically connects with charitable partners on a range of causes focused on environmental sustainability, health and wellness, women’s interests, and childhood cancer.
Following an incredibly impactful 2021, Vionic Cares is proud to announce that it will continue its long standing partnership with the San Francisco/Bay Area chapter of Dress for Success, a global organization that aims to empower women through the tools they need to grow professionally and in life. Currently, Dress for Success operates in 23 countries and serves over 1.2 million women. Last year, Vionic Cares was on their side, donating Vionic shoes and $20,000 of financial aid to the organization.
To get energized for the year ahead, let’s take a look at a few of our Dress for Success highlights from 2021:
Stretch for Success
Together, Dress for Success and Vionic Cares kicked off 2021 with Stretch for Success, a virtual yoga event. Vionic donated 100 pairs of new shoes to Dress for Success clients, women in their job search program and members of the Professional Women’s Group.
At the beginning of December 2021, Vionic spread some holiday cheer and sponsored a designer pop-up shop at the annual Dress for Success Holiday Soirée. The event took place in San Francisco and allowed people to make a positive impact in the community while getting an opportunity to have some fun shopping.
While both events were a success, the lasting impact and importance of them really plays out after the fact. Carmela, a Dress for Success client, sums it up: “I’d like to express my gratitude to you for making this possible and to thank the generosity of Vionic for the opportunity to get a pair of their shoes. I chose the Lani black leather boots. They feel and look great, and will give me added confidence to go out and continue making things happen for myself and others!”
Making a difference where and when we can is what Vionic Cares is all about—supporting opportunity from the ground up. Ready for another year of giving and impact? Let’s go!
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday kicking off “the giving season” in ways that are good for commerce and the economy, Giving Tuesday puts the focus on “community good” with charities, companies, and individuals joining together for favorite causes.
What is Giving Tuesday?
Established in 2012 by New York City’s 92nd Street Y and its Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact, Giving Tuesday started as a simple concept: To be a day that encourages people to do good. It has since evolved into an independent nonprofit and a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
How Does Giving Tuesday Work?
Harnessing the potential of social media and the generosity of people to bring about real change in their communities, Giving Tuesday provides a platform that encourages the donation of time, resources, and talents to address local challenges. It also bonds the collective power of a unique blend of partners (nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses, and corporations, as well as families and individuals) to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Around the world, Giving Tuesday unites communities by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another.
Vionic and Philanthropy
As a brand who cares—founded on delivering wellness from the ground up—the spirit of the global generosity movement resonates deeply within our Vionic DNA. Additionally, being part of the footwear industry presents us with unique ways to give back. The following are a few areas of interest that are near and dear to us when developing philanthropic partnerships through our charitable branch, Vionic Cares:
Environment and Sustainability
We are dedicated to leading in reducing our industry’s carbon footprint and contributing to the health of our planet.
Health and Wellness
We are dedicated to enhancing foot health and championing a more vibrant, active lifestyle for all.
We are dedicated to supporting women in all ways, especially as it relates to achieving independence in work and in life.
We are dedicated to raising awareness and research funds on behalf of the PNOC Foundation, established by Vionic co-founder Bruce Campbell and his wife Allyn.
Coming from a place of innovation, technology, and leadership in our field, we value similar fearless passion in organizations with whom we can collaborate to impact greater good.
Vionic Cares x GivingTuesday 2021
In the charitable spirit of this day, it’s our pleasure to donate $12,000 to Global Green.
Here’s a little bit about Global Green and the other incredible organizations that we’ve aligned with this year. If the work they do also resonates with you, please consider donating to any one (or all) of them too! Thank you in advance for your support.
Envisioning a future in which there is no conflict between economic need and systems of life, Global Green is leading a 10-year mission to champion a sustainable global society founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice, and a culture of peace.
2021 total donations: 100% of proceeds (minimum of $75,000) from a limited-edition breast cancer awareness capsule collection.
Dedicated to preventing and curing breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research, BCRF is the largest private funder of breast cancer research worldwide and the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the United States.
Annual Vionic product donation plus $20,000 in support
Empowering women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life, Dress for Success operates in 23 countries and has served more than 1.2 million women worldwide.
2021 total donations: $15,000 plus $10,000 donated by Vionic customers via fundraising effort
In honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we partnered with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and PNOC Foundation (established by Vionic co-founder Bruce Campbell and his wife Allyn) to raise funds in support of both organizations’ childhood brain cancer research and treatment efforts. Brain cancer, the deadliest childhood cancer, remains vastly underfunded. Research dollars are critical to treating this disease and finding a cure.
$500,000 committed over the next 3 years to support the mission and innovation of Proteus.
A sustainable underwater human habitat for research, exploration, and awareness of the ocean, Fabien Cousteau’s Proteus will pioneer marine-developed advancements in climate solutions, renewable energy and food sources, future medicines and cures, and more.
Vionic Shoes Partners with Dress for Success for Annual Stretch for Success Event
Dress for Success is a global nonprofit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and life. Vionic Shoes supports Dress for Success® San Francisco’s annual ‘Stretch for Success’, a women’s yoga and active lifestyle event celebrating fitness, family, and financial independence.
Vionic has contributed a generous financial sponsorship and donated 100 pairs of shoes for Stretch for Success, which will take place for the 16th year on January 23rd. This year’s event will be held virtually, allowing participation from friends, family, and colleagues to join nationwide.
Stretch for Success is one aspect of Vionic Cares’ larger charitable partnership with Dress for Success, helping give women returning to the workforce a step up. The brand kicked off the partnership this past Giving Tuesday, donating a percentage of sales to the Dress for Success national chapter.
“Dress for Success is authentic to Vionic’s ongoing commitment to supporting diverse communities of women as they get ‘up on their feet’. With true support, anything is possible. When we feel and look great, wellness happens and empowerment follows. This purpose is what both of our organizations stand for and the partnership is a perfect fit,” said Angela Caltagirone, SVP, Global Digital and Brand.
Vionic is committed to assisting women and men live their best and healthiest lives from the ground up—focusing on support, comfort, wellness, and inspiring styles. Vionic’s fashion-driven brand of supportive footwear combines its innovative Three-Zone Comfort technology with coveted modern classics and fresh trends.
This past September, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Vionic was honored to host a brain cancer research fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and PNOC (the Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium Foundation), the latter of which was established by Vionic co-founder Bruce Campbell and his wife Allyn.
Thanks to the generous donations of Vionic customers and team members, we’re pleased to report that close to $10,000 was raised—100% of which was split equally between St. Jude and PNOC.
A diagnosis of childhood cancer is devastating for all members of a family. Brain cancer, now the leading childhood cancer, remains vastly underfunded. Research dollars are critical to treating this disease and finding a cure. The promising news is that outcomes are improving. However, there’s much progress to be made, dependent on funds to support the research.
One of the rewarding things about a corporate mission focused on support, comfort, and wellness is the opportunity to partner with other groups—like St. Jude and PNOC—that are equally dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.
Through the work of our charitable division VIONIC CARES, we look forward to continuing these relationships and engaging with others to make a positive difference where and when we can.