In support of HIV/AIDS education and services, each year Gift for Life brings the industry together for an exciting evening of fun and fundraising during NY NOW®, the Market for Home & Lifestyle (formerly NYIGF®). Last year’s event was a huge success–attracting more than 300 guests andraising over $200,000. For 2015, we have an even bigger goal! With your help, we are determined to raise a record amount of funds to assist more people across the country–from LA to Chicago to Dallas to Las Vegas to NYC to Atlanta.

Party for Life will take place on Monday, February 2, 2015, at the landmark Boathouse in Central Park. Guests will experience quintessential New York City culture and cuisine while bidding on an impressive array of hospitality experiences and luxury items in the silent auction, all in support of Gift for Life’s sole beneficiary, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.

In celebration of Gift for Life’s 23 years, three incredible individuals will be celebrated: John Grob will be honored with the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award; Beatriz Ball will be honored with the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving award; and Susan Feldman will be honored with the Trailblazer award.

Tickets for the event can be purchased through Eventbrite.

In addition to ticket sales, we generate much of the fundraising dollars through sponsorship.  We need you to help support this important cause by committing to one of the various levels of sponsorship.   Further information about sponsorship is detailed here:

GFL Party for Life Sponsorship Packet 2015

All of us at Gift For Life thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you there!!


The late Albert David Maslia will be named the GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence recipient at the fifth annual ICON Honors celebration on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Maslia, who at his April 9, 2014 passing was Managing Director of Retail Services for AmericasMart® Atlanta, was a veteran retailer having begun his long career at Rich’s department store, and later going on to found the highly successful Linen Loft and Social Expressions specialty-store chains. The GHTA/ Gift for Life Honor of Excellence is named by independent action of the judges, at their sole discretion and initiation, from the field of Achievement nominees.

“Albert was, and is, an absolutely irreplaceable presence of vitality, energy and optimism,” notes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of AmericasMart Atlanta, the founder and primary sponsor of ICON. “His imprint on who we are, and what we do as an industry, is unmistakable and indelible.  His life and legacy touches all of us in many, many ways,” Portman adds.

An Atlanta native, Maslia worked at the venerated Rich’s Department Store from 1952 to 1978. He began in the training program as a shoe salesman in the basement and worked through the ranks to become a senior vice president and member of the Board of Directors.

After 26 years at Rich’s, he left to create two well-known and successful local retail chains – Social Expressions and The Linen Loft. After 22 years at Social Expressions growing the business to 14 stores in the metro-Atlanta area and selling the chain to American Greetings.

Maslia moved on to his next venture becoming the Managing Director of Retail Services for AmericasMart, a retail instructor at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and a consultant for a variety of organizations including American Greetings and the Small Business Administration.

Always committed to assisting and empowering the Atlanta community, Maslia was involved with a variety of associations, boards and committees such as: Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Lenox Square Merchants’ Association, Underground Merchants’ Association, Emory University Business School Alumni Board, Marine Toys for Tots, Congregation Or VeShalom Synagogue, Buckhead Business Association, City of Atlanta Board of Zoning Adjustment, Fulton County Board of Assessors, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Cornerstone Bank of Atlanta.

Part of his legacy to his wife of 60 years, Lucy, his four children Dianne, Elise, Stephanie and Darryl, his 12 grandchildren and great-grandson, was his fervent belief that people are more important than things. Throughout this life and career, Maslia stuck by his ideals and mentored countless friends and colleagues to do the same.

The ICON Honors 2014 celebration is scheduled for Thursday, July 10 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (please click here for details).  Tickets and tables are on sale here.


Gift For Life National Stationery Show AIDS Walk NY 2014

The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team raised more than $24,000 for men, women and families who are living with HIV/AIDS. The team was just shy of its $25,000 goal.

These funds, along with a matching grant of $5,000 from DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) will bring the team’s total funds raised for AIDS Walk NY to more than $30,000. At the start of the walk, the Gift For Life/National Stationery Show was ranked 16th among the event’s overall top fundraising teams.


Some 25 team members completed the 10K walk through Central Park and New York’s Upper West Side, and another 5 team members conducted a “virtual” walk through the aisles of the National Stationery Show on Sunday, May 18.

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The 17th Holiday Seattle Sample Sale raised more than $23,000 on behalf of Gift for Life in December and January, featuring products from the Pacific Market Center in Seattle. Since 1992, the sale has raised more than $300,000 for GFL.

“Thank you to everyone who helped create another wildly successful Seattle Sample Sale,” said Stu Teller, chairman of the Gift for Life Board. “Your generosity and dedication to the cause has generated tremendous financial support.”

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It’s that time again—join us for a fan-tab-u-lous party in glittering Las Vegas!

Monday, July 28, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Building C, 10th Floor, Space 1052

Las Vegas Market proudly presents its annual Gift for Life charity event during summer market. Join us on 10th floor of Building C, Las Vegas Market’s newest destination for gift and lifestyle products, as we enjoy cocktails, light bites, entertainment, a silent auction, and great friends. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Gift for Life.