Gift for Life’s 24th Annual Party for Life will be held Monday, Feb. 1. During the annual fundraiser, the organization will honor several industry members for their continued dedication and service:

  •  Howard Henschel, with Norman’s Hallmark, will receive the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Arun Agarwal, with Nextt, will receive the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award
  • Suzy Batiz, with Poo-Pourri, will receive the Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award

GFL Honorees 2016

“These amazing honorees are dynamic, generous, inspirational figures who personify compassionate leadership,” said Frank Joens, chair of the Gift for Life board. “They are worthy of recognition for their continuing influence and contributions to our industry.”

Join Gift for Life from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1 at The Boathouse in Central Park. All proceeds benefit DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIB/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S., and Gift for Life’s charity partner. Gift for Life has raised more than $5 million for the cause since its inception in 1992.

Individual Party for Life tickets are $125, and sponsorships ranging from $500 through $25,000 are available. Purchase tickets. Become a sponsor.

Gift for Life has announced an extension of its partnership with Chavez for Charity, a leading fashion accessories company combining style with support of charitable causes. In connection with World AIDS Day 2015, 25 percent of the gross profit from the sales of Chavez for Charity’s special black and red bracelets will be donated to Gift for Life.

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“To show our love, and in support of Gift for Life, we have created bracelets specifically designed for this day,” said Joe Cerbo, Co-Founder and CEO. Since its founding in 2013, Chavez for Charity has raised more than $700,000 for select charitable causes. Its stylish products made with quality materials at an affordable price are available in more than 4,500 of the leading stores in the U.S. as well as online.

Chavez for Charity’s World AIDS Day bracelets are black accented with red detail to symbolize hope and solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS. Each women’s bracelet will be $5.00 wholesale and men’s will be $6.00.

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Gift for Life has announced the addition of three new board members to its roster, bringing its leadership roster to 27 members. New members are Scott Kramer and Randi Mohr of NY NOW, the Market for HOME, LIFESTYLE + GIFT, and Ilene Shaw of Shaw & Co. Productions.

“These new members bring strong gift and home industry knowledge and experience, as well as design industry connections and resources to our board, ” said Frank Joens, chairman of the Gift For Life Board. “We are honored to welcome them and to use their time and talents to further our overall mission.”

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Ilene Shaw, owner of Shaw & Co. Productions. Shaw has devoted her career to the advocacy of good design and her firm assists product and interior designers in the licensing of sustainable home product designs including textiles, carpets, wall coverings and furnishings. Shaw was instrumental in the origination of both Accent on Design as well as ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair), and is the founder of Operation Design, a not-for-profit that connects design professionals and New York City public schools. Shaw also is a member of the board of directors of DIFFA: Design Industries Fighting Against AIDS.

Randi Mohr, vice president and co-director of NY NOW, the Market for HOME, LIFESTYLE + GIFT. Mohr is a veteran member of the New York Market sales team, in addition to her experience with sponsorship and digital sales.

Scott Kramer, vice president and co-director of NY NOW, the Market for HOME, LIFESTYLE + GIFT. In addition to his current role with NY NOW, Kramer’s industry sales and marketing experience includes senior sales responsibilities for gift shows in Boston and Las Vegas and eight years as the owner-manager of a gift retail operation.

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Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ charitable organization, announced today it will receive a portion of the proceeds from the Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) auction held during the organization’s annual Bridgeway Collaborative Conference, November 10-12, 2015, in Austin, TX.

ghta-logo-originalOn the evening of Wednesday, November 11, a GHTA evening social event will feature dinner, an auction and live entertainment for more than 250 conference guests. A special tequila tasting, hosted by Appleman Scahuben during the winter 2016 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®, will be live auctioned at the event. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of that item will benefit Gift For Life.

“We are delighted to be partnering again with GHTA and their Bridgeway Collaborative partners to support our industry’s sole national charity,” said Frank Joens, chair of the Gift for Life board. “While medical evolution in the treatment of HIV is keeping people alive, we have already lost 15,000 people in 2015 to HIV-related deaths, and youths age 13-20 account for 26% of new HIV infections. Until a cure is found, Gift for Life will continue to raise monies to reignite awareness, to educate and to bring about consciousness among our industry …”

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Gift for Life has partnered with the Retail Design Institute of NY to create a holiday pop-up shop to be built and operated in Chelsea this December. Gift and home décor product donations are needed from the industry, for the student competition determining the store concept and design and for in-store retail sales during the holiday season. All proceeds will benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Gift for Life’s sole beneficiary.

Product donations are being sought from industry manufacturers and sales agencies. The number of items needed varies by price point. To learn more and to donate, contact Steven Williams by Oct. 9, at or 646-380-4202. Product donations must be shipped for receipt by Nov. 13.

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Las Vegas Market announced that its 5th annual Up on the Roof” gala raised $10,000 to benefit Gift for Life, the sole charitable organization for the gift, stationery and home décor industries. Held during the just-concluded Summer Las Vegas Market, the fifth annual fundraiser drew a record 310 party-goers to the Market’s WorldView Ballroom—showcasing panoramic views of the Las Vegas skyline.

“Las Vegas Market is committed to supporting the gift and home décor industry and to raising awareness and funds for the essential efforts of the industry’s chosen charity,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers, and Gift for Life board member. “Over the past five years, Las Vegas Market’s Up on the Roof events have raised more than $50,000 to benefit Gift for Life.”

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The gala raised money both through ticket sales as well as a special “Las Vegas-themed” silent auction that offered a wide variety of experience-oriented items, including: a gift certificate to Oscar’s Steakhouse, valued at $150; a Green Valley Ranch Spa gift, valued at $170; a Las Vegas Gift Basket, valued at $200; two tickets to see Olivia Newton-John, valued at $215; a Canyon Ranch Spa Gift Card, valued at $300; two nights of accommodations at the SLS Las Vegas Hotel, valued at $395; accommodations at The LINQ, plus High Roller tickets, valued at $400; two nights at the Golden Nugget, plus a dining credit, valued at $425; two nights at The Cosmopolitan, valued at $425; and two nights at Treasure Island, plus tickets to Mystere, valued at $500.

Gift for Life has announced that three industry leaders will be honored during Gift for Life’s 24th Annual Party for Life, taking place Monday, Feb. 1 in New York. The honorees are: Suzy Batiz, the creator and CEO of Poo-Pourri; Howard Henschel, president and CEO of The Norman Group; and Arun Agarwal, CEO and director of Nextt.

Read more about the honorees and details of the Party for Life.

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RM Innovation — creators of RM Datalink, a program that automates retailers’ data product management process by streaming a vendor’s entire product catalog directly to a retail web store — was presented with the Gift and Home Trade Association/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence during the sixth annual ICON Honors on July 9 in Atlanta.  ICON 2015

RM Datalink greatly reduces the time- and cost-intensive data uploading and management processes and allows retailers to search and filter entire vendor catalogs online, giving smaller independent retailers the ability to compete with larger websites by greatly expanding web store product depth and breadth.

Gift for Life announced today that the Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team raised more than $27,700 for men, women, and families who are living with HIV/AIDS. With a generous $5,000 matching grant from DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS), the team is just shy of its new $30,000 target, and donations will be accepted through June 12 at

GFL AIDS Walk NY TeamThis year marked the 4th consecutive cooperation of Gift for Life and the National Stationery Show to participate in the AIDS Walk NY, which takes place in New York City on Opening Day of the National Stationery Show. One small, but mighty team, walked the 10K route through Central Park and the other conducted a “virtual walk” through the Javits Center aisles in support of Gay Mens’ Health Crisis (GMHC), beneficiary of AIDS Walk NY. Read More

Gift for Life  has announced Tom Mirabile will be honored with the Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award during Gifts and Decorative Accessories’ 64th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, taking place on Sunday, August 16, 2015, in New York. The award recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry.

Tom is currently Senior Vice President of Global Trend and Design for Lifetime Brands, Inc. where he provides creative direction and consumer insights internationally for some of the most well respected retailers and brands in the home, housewares and tabletop industries.

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Chavez for Charity Partners with Gift for Life

Gift for Life has announced a partnership with Chavez for Charity, a leading fashion accessories company combining style with support of charitable causes. Beginning January 1, 2015, 25% of the gross profit from the sales of Chavez for Charity’s Signature Collection black bracelets, black necklaces and earrings will support Gift for Life. “Chavez for Charity was created […]

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