July 17, 2017 – Las Vegas Market has announced that Donny Osmond, celebrity entertainer, former teen heartthrob and home products licensor, will serve as a live auctioneer at its 7th annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser benefiting Gift For Life, on Monday, July 31, 2017, at the Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market. In addition to live auction items, the annual gift and home industry fundraiser also will feature a variety of Las Vegas themed silent auction prizes.
“Las Vegas Market is thrilled that Donny Osmond will join us as a special guest and live auctioneer at our annual Gift For Life fundraiser,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and Chief Marketing Officer, International Market Centers. “As the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market, Las Vegas Market is proud to support the industry’s charitable efforts by hosting our annual ‘Up on The Roof’ fundraiser, which has raised more than $70,000 to date for HIV/AIDS direct care, prevention, education services and advocacy.
Known for his work as a singer, actor, radio personality and all-around entertainer, Osmond will host a live auction during the fundraiser. Auction prizes will include two pairs of tickets to the award-winning “Donny & Marie Show” – at Donny’s personal table plus a meet and greet – at the Flamingo Las Vegas (valued at $750 per pair). In the 90-minute show, he and his younger sister, Marie, backed by eight dancers and a nine-piece band reprise their fabulously successful TV variety series, which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1979. He will also auction some signed memorabilia from Donny Osmond, as well rocker Jon Bon Jovi.
Osmond also will live auction a selection of Donny Osmond Home licensed merchandise from three Las Vegas Market showrooms – Art Trends, Coaster Company of America and Rizzy Home – and other licensees. Donny Osmond Home by Donny and Debbie Osmond celebrates life and love with the tag line, “Making Home and Family #1” with products that enhance harmony at home and encourage family togetherness. Live auction items donated by four of the brand’s eight licensees are:
In addition to the live auction by Osmond, the event also will feature a silent auction, offering a spectacular selection of nine Las Vegas-themed items, including tickets to see celebrity magicians Penn & Teller, hotel giveaways, dinners, spa packages, show tickets and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Silent auction items include:
Held annually at the Summer Market, the popular Up on the Roof fundraiser typically draws a crowd of more than 300 industry executives, who join together to eat, drink, dance, network and raise funds for the industry’s charity in a superb setting, the WorldView Ballroom on the 16th Floor of Building B. The 2017 Up On the Roof event will be held on Monday, July 31,6:00pm – 8:00pm. Party-goers will enjoy a full bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, the silent auction and entertainment by award-winning singer/songwriter Chadwick Johnson, known for his soulful, unique interpretations of popular songs, as well as his original compositions.
Up on the Roof tickets, which cost $25 each, or five for $100, may be purchased online at https://upontheroof.splashthat.com/, and at specially-designated kiosks on site in the Grand Plaza, C10 and in the Pavilions during Las Vegas Market. All guests will receive one raffle ticket with each ticket purchased and can buy additional raffle tickets at the auction. All proceeds will benefit Gift for Life, which raises funds to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and its funding for HIV/AIDS service, education, prevention and advocacy programs across the U.S.
Las Vegas Market is the fastest growing gift and home décor market in the U.S. and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S. With a record 4,000+ lines, the Market will feature its largest ever number of resources, with greater breadth and depth and exclusive collections across all categories, including major launches for the bedding industry. The Summer 2017 Las Vegas Market runs July 30-August 3. For more information, visit: www.lasvegasmarket.com.
About International Market Centers, L.P.
Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 12.1 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.
ABOUT GIFT FOR LIFE and DIFFA
Gift for Life unites the gift and home industries against AIDS with more than $5 million raised since its inception in 1992. In 2008, Gift for Life selected DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S., as its sole charity partner. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more than $42 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. With help from Gift for Life, in 2016, DIFFA National granted more than $333,000 to 26 organizations providing treatment, education, prevention and advocacy. More information is available at www.giftforlife.org
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