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Shoemakers donate to veterans’ charity

Scholarship set up to help US veterans receive training in footwear production.

The Two Ten Footwear Foundation charity was founded in 1939 to provide emergency financial assistance to the US footwear community during times of crisis. Two Ten has now established a special scholarship fund for military veterans who are either already working in the footwear industry or aiming to return to it.

Known as the Footwear Warriors Scholarship Fund, it has been set up with a donation of $125,000, from rubber sole producer Quabaug Corporation, footwear brand Vibram and the Donahue family (Kevin Donahue is the chairman of Quabaug). The fund has also been boosted by contributions from Martin Berman of Micro-Pak, Mary Kuconis (MEK Search), Deer Stags, New Balance and Rocky Brands.

According to Neal Newman, president of the foundation, this scholarship has been designed to help US veterans receive any required training and/or education after leaving the armed forces, in order to help them bridge the gap between military and civilian life. The fund is driven by donations, and has a goal of $250,000, which equates to $12,500 in scholarships each year. Since 1969, the Two Ten charity has awarded scholarships of more than $18 million to workers in the footwear community.

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This article was originally published on page 3 of the November 2013 issue of SATRA Bulletin.

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