Location: Newport Beach, CA
Business: Kendra Scott is an American accessories brand inspired by the personal experiences, travel, and sense of community of its CEO and designer, Kendra Scott.
1) Project Hope Alliance: When and how did you first hear about Project Hope Alliance?
Lauryn Greenstone: I first heard about Project Hope Alliance when I started working as the Community Relations and Event Manager for Kendra Scott in June 2015. We worked together through a number of events, but when I really felt most connected was through the holidays, wrapping gifts for the families and going in on my own rather than for a work event.
2) Why did you choose to get involved and take action?
Kendra Scott as a company is founded on three core pillars: Family, Fashion, and Philanthropy. Each store has a Community Relations and Event Manager like myself whose job is to go into the community and see who and how we can help! I feel so fortunate to work for a company who believes in giving a little to a lot of organizations! Project Hope Alliance is one that I have found myself involved with on a personal level as well as professional.
3) In what ways do you help fuel our mission?
Kendra Scott has partnered with Project Hope Alliance in a number of ways! We have held Kendra Gives Back events in our store at Fashion Island, which donate 20% of sales during a three-hour shopping party; we worked together with the Newport Beach Wine & Food Festival, and Project Hope Alliance was the beneficiary of over $2,500; as well as donating gifts for the 2016 Anti Gala attendees! My favorite way we have worked to help Project Hope Alliance was during the holidays. Our team went in once a week to help wrap holiday presents for the children we serve.
4) Who are you when you're not changing the lives of the kids and families we serve?
In addition to working with Project Hope Alliance, Kendra Scott supports a number of organizations throughout the community. As a company, we are committed to giving back as much as possible! Last year through our giveback initiative we were able to donate $1.4 million to local and national organizations!
5) What gives you hope, and why?
Seeing the generosity of people coming together for a common cause. It's an amazing feeling to know that you can help so many individuals and families. Everyday I thank God that I have been given the opportunity to make a difference. It may be a small difference, but if everyone gave just a little, it's amazing to see what can happen!
Thank you, Kendra Scott Fashion Island, for giving the gift of hope.