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
“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 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.”
Party on Peachtree returns in 2016, benefitting Gift For Life and Young Gift Executives. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 14, complete with a cocktail buffet dinner and live performances by The Helpers — all choreographed by Emmy-nominated emcee Tom Sullivan. Proceeds from the event will continue Gift For Life’s work in the fight against AIDS and Young Gift Executives’ support of domestic violence survivors.
Following a highly attended Party on Peachtree event in January 2015, the 2016 event is expected to exceed previous participation. The event will take place during The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market at the landmark Davison’s/Macy’s building at 200 Peachtree just steps away from AmericasMart Atlanta.
The event is sponsored by Poo-Pourri, Giftcraft, Appelman-Schauben and Gift & Home Trade Association, and it is hosted by AmericasMart Atlanta.