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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