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October 29, 2010

Founder of TOMS Shoes to deliver Stirling Lecture at Birmingham-Southern College

Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe-giver of TOMS Shoes IncBIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Blake Mycoskie, founder and chief shoe-giver of TOMS Shoes Inc., will lecture at Birmingham-Southern College Nov. 4.

Mycoskie will deliver the Alex P. Stirling Lecture at 7 p.m. in the Bruno Great Hall of the Norton Campus Center.  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

In 2006, American traveler Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet.  Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need.  He returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends, and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers.

As of September 2010, TOMS had given more than 1 million pairs of new shoes to children in need through Giving Partners around the world.

The Stirling Lecture Series is sponsored by the BSC Student Government Association in memory of the Birmingham-Southern student who died of cancer in 1995.

For more information about the lecture, contact 205-226-4729.

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