Exciting travel packages offered in Party For Life silent auction

Dec. 13, 2018 – Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ charitable organization, announced today that five fabulous travel packages – to destinations in Italy, Belize, Florida Keys, California Wine Country and to the 2019 U.S. Open Golf Tournament – will be offered for Silent Auction during its 27th annual Party For Life fundraiser on Monday, February 4, at Stage 48 in New York City.  The auction items are available for pre-event online bidding beginning this week at https://PFL2019.givesmart.com.

Travel packages available through the silent auction are: eight day/seven night trips to Manciano, Italy; eight days/seven nights to Placencia, Belize; four days/three nights trips to both Key West, FL, and Napa, CA. The prizes also include a package for the 2019 US. Open Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach, CA.

“Our 2019 Party for Life will be one of our best yet, and these silent auction travel packages are going to be very popular before and during the event,” said George Kacic, Gift for Life Chair. “We hope to raise at least $10,000 through auctioning of these travel packages, other wonderful experiential prizes, and a wide range of gift and home products, that will be available for bidding.”

8 Days/7 Nights in Tuscany for Four

With an estimated value of $4,600, the Manciano, Italy, package offers a true native experience in the amazing region of Tuscany, with winding streets of ancient villages, wineries of the famous Chianti wines, legendary olive orchards with succulent oils and incomparable Tuscan cuisine. The prize includes seven nights in a two- bedroom Casa, with views of the rolling countryside, gardens and the Tuscan hillside and amenities including one or two baths with showers, a kitchen and a lovely living room area.  The package includes 7 nights accommodations for two couples or a family of four, all casa-related taxes, free concierge reservation service.

8 Days/7 Nights in Belize for Eight

Nestled between shorelines of the Caribbean Sea to the east, and the dense jungle to the west, the small country of Belize is a tropical gem, featuring miles and miles of gorgeous coastline, white-sand beaches, swaying palm trees, ancient ruins, wildlife and invigorating experiences.  This luxury villa in Placencia comes with villa staff including daily maid service, 24 hour caretaker, personal chef for three days and free concierge reservation service This priceless experience includes a seven night stay in a four-bedroom villa for up to eight people, with a private pool, use of kayaks and paddle boards, golf cart to explore the area, airport transfers from Placencia Airport, free WiFi and calls to the U.S. Its estimated value is priceless.

4 Days/3 Nights in the Florida Keys for Two

Enjoy the Florida Keys, a stunning string of islands stretching nearly 120 miles off the southern tip of Florida along Highway 1, with Caribbean ambiance and breathtaking natural beauty.  Choose to stay three nights at either the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Grand Key Resort in Key West, with its laid back lifestyle and literary festivals, expensive art galleries, watersport adventures and a diverse population; or Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key, a small and secluded island halfway up the Key. The getaway for two, which is valued at $1,800, includes 3 nights accommodations, all room-related taxes and free concierge reservation service.

4 days/3 nights in Napa with airfare for two

Get away to California’s largest wine appellation accommodations with its breathtaking scenery, charming wineries, radiant vineyards and exquisite wines.  The package, valued at $4,600, includes round-trip economy class airfare plus a three-night stay in either the tranquil River Terrace Inn or comfortable Napa Winery Inn, plus choice of a hands-on cooking class or a 5-hour private winery tour.  In addition to airfare and 3-nights accommodations, the package includes all room-related taxes, free concierge reservation service.

U.S. Open passes plus 3 days/2 nights hotel with rental car for two

The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, will take place at the Pebble Beach Golf Course in Pebble Beach, CA, in 2019.  This priceless package 2 Grounds passes for the U.S. Open Golf Tournament (Thursday/Friday or Saturday/Sunday rounds) plus daily access for two to the Trophy Club pavilion, deluxe 3 days/2 nights hotel accommodations (Wednesday/Thursday or Friday/Saturday night), three-day car rental, full American breakfast daily, expert travel and concierge services and all taxes and service charges

In addition to these travel packages, silent auction items will feature a wide variety of great gift and home products, jewelry and apparel donated by industry manufacturers, including Michel Design Works, Pom Pom at Home and Texi Boots. To donate, contact auction co-chairs, Monica Loving, at mloving@ivystone.com, or Jessica Barile, at jessica.barile@paddywax.com.

Make plans now to attend Gift for Life’s 27th Annual Party for Life, benefiting DIFFA, on Monday, February 4, 2019, from 6:30pm to 10pm, at Stage 48 in New York City. During this very special evening, Vera Bradley co-founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard will be presented with Gift for Life’s Chucky Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Individual tickets, which cost $125, include an open bar, dinner buffet, music, dancing and a silent auction. Sponsorships, ranging from $500 through $25,000, also are available. For details, visit https://partyforlife2019.splashthat.com/ or contact Steven Williams at swilliams@diffa.org, 212-727-3100.

Each year, Gift for Life hosts events throughout the U.S. benefitting DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. The primary mission of Gift for Life and DIFFA is to raise funds and awareness to flight HIV/AIDS. In 2018, with Gift for Life’s help, DIFFA granted $285,000 last year to 21 organizations providing HIV/AIDS service and education programs nationwide. For additional information please visit www.giftforlife.org.


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 main charity partner. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more than $44 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. In 2018, DIFFA granted $285,000 to 21 organizations nationwide. More information is available at www.giftforlife.org and at www.diffa.org.