2016 honorees
Gift for Life presented awards to three distinguished and deserving individuals at the 24th annual Party for Life fundraiser, Feb. 1, in New York. Pictured, left to right: Frank Joens, Gift for Life Chair; Peter Schauben, Gift for Life Founder; Arun Agarwal of Nextt, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award Recipient; Suzy Batiz of Poo-Pourri, Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award Recipient; Howard Henschel of The Norman Group, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient; and George Kacic, Gift for Life Co-Chair.

Gift for Life has announced that more than 40 auction items – including luxury experiences such as a 7-night stay for four at St. James’ Club in Antigua, a VIP wine tasting and tour for four at the Alexander Valley Vindyards and tickets to current Broadway hits, as well as unique gift and home décor products donated by 30+ leading suppliers – will be offered during the 24th Annual Party For Life Fundraiser on Monday, February 1, in New York City. The auction items, collectively valued at more than $35,000 are available for pre-event online bidding beginning this week at http://www.501auctions.com/pfl/category/all/1.

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GFL_Web_January16Gift for Life announced today that more than $155,000 in sponsorship has been pledged to date for its 24th Annual Party for Life, taking place Monday, Feb. 1, at New York City’s Central Park Boathouse. The robust, and growing, list of sponsors includes significant donations from the three 2016 honorees – Suzy Batiz of Poo-Pourri, Howard Henschel of The Norman Group, and Arun Agarwal of Nextt – as well as a ‘who’s who’ list of the industry’s leading vendors, sales agencies, suppliers and market producers.

Sponsorships, which range from $500 to $25,000; and individual tickets, which cost $125 each, are still available for sale and can be purchased here.

See the full list of sponsors.

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 Holiday Pop-Up Shop Raises Nearly $8,000Gift for Life has announced that a Holiday Pop-Up Shop created by the Retail Design Institute New York Chapter (RDI) raised nearly $8,000 for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, Gift for Life’s sole beneficiary. Nearly 40 gift and home industry suppliers and designers donated products for sale in the Holiday Pop-Up Shop, Dec. 2-6 in New York.

The store concept was created by students from the Fashion Institute of Technology and LIM College as part of an annual “Iron Design” Student Challenge hosted by RDI. The winning design, selected for its incorporation of DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)’s mission into a creative pop-up store concept and window display, was installed in the Stockman-Siegel Showroom and was open to the public for four days in early December.

“This collaboration with the Retail Design Institute offered our industry a creative new way to support the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Frank Joens, chair of the Gift for Life board. “We are delighted that so many of our industry’s top vendors donated products for resale through the Holiday Pop-Up Shop.”

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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.

Chavez for Charity_World AIDS Day Bracelet

“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.

Learn how to order the World AIDS Day bracelets.

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