Fabric Innovations Commits $30,000 to Hospitality Scholarships

Inaugural $10,000 Fabric Innovations Legacy Scholarship to be presented at Platinum Circle Gala in New York City

NEW YORK, NOVEMBER 8, 2013 / — At a hospitality industry gala event on November 12th in New York City, Andrea Thomas, vice president of education, NEWH Inc. and Deborah Herman, owner, Fabric Innovations, will present the inaugural Fabric Innovations Legacy Scholarship to a deserving hospitality student in need.

Thanks to a $30,000, three-year scholarship commitment from Fabric Innovations, NEWH will award the $10,000 scholarship each year to a student pursuing hospitality design or management. This year the NEWH Inc. scholarship committee selected Karen (Karahm) Paik to receive the $10,000 Fabric Innovations Legacy Scholarship. A student at Cornell School of Hotel Administration, Paik is working toward her bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. In conjunction with the Cornell program, she will also receive an associate’s from the Culinary Institute of America.

“NEWH is thrilled that Deborah Herman and Fabric Innovations have committed to this generous multi-year scholarship,” says Shelia Lohmiller, executive director, NEWH Inc. “And presenting this scholarship in the prestigious company of Hospitality Design’s Platinum Circle Gala makes the occasion even more special.”

Over the years, Hospitality Design magazine has celebrated the lifetime achievement of more than 100 industry leaders — designers, architects, hoteliers, restaurateurs — with the Platinum Circle designation. This year’s honorees are Pamela Anderson, Anderson/Miller Ltd.; Laurie Miller, Anderson/Miller Ltd.; Daniel Boulud, The Dinex Group; Margaret McMahon, Wimberly Interiors; and Ian Schrager, Ian Schrager Company. The industry luminaries will be lauded at the Platinum Circle Awards Gala, a black-tie festive dinner at the Conrad Hotel in New York City, on November 12.

“There really is no substitute for getting to meet these students and hearing first-hand what these scholarships mean to them,” says Lohmiller. “Some of them could not have finished their education without the scholarship dollars. It’s inspiring, moving, and a great source of pride for NEWH as an organization.”

“When I was in college, I received an academic scholarship and multiple grants, however, the fees at a private university were enormous,” says Herman. “My goal is to help students pursuing their dreams in hospitality to graduate with as little debt as possible. That’s why I wanted to commit to a scholarship contribution I felt would make a significant impact in their financial obligations.”

In addition to operating Fabric Innovations, Herman serves as the International Ambassador for NEWH – the Hospitality Industry Network, and has dedicated more than 20 years to help promote and mentor young women in the ever-growing, expansive hospitality industry.

About Fabric Innovations
Fabric Innovations is a leading supplier of luxury linens, bedding and custom fabrics to the hospitality industry, specializing in long-term procurement programs for prestigious hotel properties and chains. The company’s extensive product line includes bedding, drapes and window treatments, custom fabrics, and bath products including robes and slippers. Fabric Innovations maintains its corporate headquarters in Miami, Fl. with regional offices and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., India, China, Turkey, Mexico and Latin America. For more information, visit http://www.fabricinnovations.com.

About NEWH Inc.

NEWH Inc.—The Hospitality Industry Network, founded in 1984, is an international non-profit organization of hospitality industry professionals volunteering to raise funds and grant scholarships for college students studying design, architecture, purchasing, and management—focused on the hospitality market. NEWH volunteers have raised more than $3.2 million by networking at local, regional, and international hospitality events. For more information, visit http://www.newh.org.