Life of Hope Award presented to Tony Shellman
Casey Family Programs is pleased to announce the recipient of its Life of Hope Award. This award recognizes individuals for an enduring commitment to ensuring the safety and success of children, families and the communities where they live.
Life of Hope Award Winner
New York City, New York
Tony Shellman was left in the care of Catholic Charities as an infant because his parents felt they could not adequately provide for him. Adopted at age 2, he grew up to become an entrepreneur and accomplished fashion designer who has never forgotten his personal connection to foster care. He has initiated various projects that mentored youth in foster care and exposed them to career opportunities in the fashion apparel business. He also has been a spokesman for National Foster Care Month. Mr. Shellman made his mark in the fashion industry in 1996 when he co-founded the hip-hop clothing label Enyce, now owned by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Today, Mr. Shellman is vice president of operations for SLUSA Productions, a creative agency specializing in film production, digital media, brand strategy and project design. His success serves as an inspiration for other youth.