Autism Light: Tommy Hilfiger


Tommy Hilfiger is a fashion designer whose company’s label Tommy Hilfiger is renowned around the world as a trendsetter in pop culture. Born in Elmira, New York, Tommy Hilfiger is an autism father and step-father. He has a 16 year old daughter named Kathleen who has autism. In addition, his wife Dee’s teenage son has autism. Tommy Hilfiger is an Autism Light for his dedication as an autism father and for his efforts to raise autism awareness through fundraising and public service announcements.

Started in 1985, the Tommy Hilfiger Group is now a 4.6 billion dollar aparrel and retail company. Tommy Hilfiger’s contribution to the Group is described this way on their website.
Under Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as Principal Designer, the Tommy Hilfiger Group has become one of very few globally recognized designer brands offering a wide range of American-inspired apparel and accessories (Source).More information on the Tommy Hilfiger Group and causes they support can be found on their website (Source).

In June, 2012, Tommy Hilfiger disclosed that his daughter Kathleen has autism. He shared that he had cooperated with Autism Speaks to make the following Public Service Announcement in November, 2011 to honor his daughter Kathleen (Source). The ad is part of the “Odds” Campaign by Autism Speaks. 


Tommy Hilfiger said this about why he is so involved in the cause of autism,

It’s just heart-wrenching and I wish more people cared about it. The government is not involved in it. People aren’t donating enough money. There’s not enough research. There’s no cure. It needs help, so we’ve become involved (Source). Also Tommy Hilfiger said this about his partnership with Autism Speaks:
I am proud and honored to partner with Autism Speaks, an organization dedicated to the research and family support needed to treat and prevent autism. My family has been affected by autism, so I understand the challenges many families face today. I hope that in working with Autism Speaks, I am able to let other families know that they are not alone and that there is hope (Source).
On December 5, 2011, Tommy Hilfiger was honored by Autism Speaks at A Funny Affair for Autism at the Plaza Hotel in New York.


Social Media: You can follow the Tommy Hilfiger Group at the following social media areas.

  • Wikipedia Page.

    Special thanks to Tommy Hilfiger for being a light for autism. The autism community is fortunate to have a renowned fashion designer like Tommy Hilfiger a part of the chorus of individuals raising awareness for autism.

    Autism Light honors diverse heroes to the world of autism.  


    Photo: The photo in this post is from the Creative Commons at Wikipedia and is attributed to user Saloca.

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