PHOTOS: 62nd Annual H.U.G. Gala Evening

On November 1st Project Help Us Give, the New York-based charity, celebrated its 62nd Anniversary at this year’s H.U.G. Gala honoring industry leaders Jockey International and Lenzing Fibers. 

The event was hosted by Emcee Lisa Cusimano, a New York Firefighter featured in Jockey’s “Show ‘Em What’s Underneath” campaign featuring Everyday Heroes.

Apparel industry executives from the retail, manufacturing and supply sectors attended the H.U.G. Gala on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at the luxurious 230 FIFTH PENTHOUSE in New York City. The funds raised benefitted Rusk Rehabilitation’s pediatric programs and other children’s services at NYU Langone Medical Center. To date, the H.U.G. Gala has raised more than $6.5 million for Rusk pediatric rehabilitation and Tisch Hospital programs. 

“We are celebrating Project Help US Give’s  62nd year of making better the lives of those who cannot help themselves and giving hope to those in need,” said P-HUG President Clelia Parisi. “We used the occasion of our November 1st H.U.G. Gala to give special thanks to our members, industry friends, past honorees and contributors for their continuing generosity.”


Established in 1955, Project Help Us Give is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Club’s annual fundraiser- the H.U.G. Gala, honors well-respected, high-profile companies and individuals, and has generated more than $6.5 million in support of Rusk Rehabilitation at NYU Langone Medical Center.

To learn more about Project Help Us Give and the H.U.G. Gala or to donate, visit You can also contact the P-HUG office by email: or phone: 845-758-5752.


Rusk Rehabilitation has been ranked the best rehabilitation program in New York and one of the top ten in the country since 1989, when US News and World Report introduced its annual “Best Hospitals” rankings. Rusk is among the most renowned centers of its kind for the treatment of adults and children with disabilities—home to innovations and advances that have set the standard in rehabilitation care for every stage of life and every phase of recovery.  To learn more about Rusk Rehabilitation, visit 

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