Gift For Life, the gift and home industries’ charitable organization, has announced new leadership and new board members.

Frank Joens - Sr. VP and General Manager- headshotFrank Joens takes over as chairperson of the board, replacing Stu Teller who had served in that role since 2012. Joens is currently senior vice president, general manager of the LA Mart in Los Angeles following previous leadership positions with LA Mart in marketing, leasing, and tradeshows. Joens joined the Gift for Life board in 2003 and served as vice chair from 2012-2015.George Kacic

The newly elected vice chair is George Kacic, who was recently appointed executive vice president of retail services at AmericasMart in Atlanta. Kacic previously served as president of U.S. operations for Giftcraft Ltd. and at GANZ USA, where he was vice president for 20 years.

Recently joining the board are three industry veterans:

  • Kimberly Baker, publisher of the specialty retail division of Great American Media Services, overseeing the teams for Stationery Trends, Gift Shop, Museums & More, and Party & Paper Retailer.
  • Diane Falvey, editor-in-chief of Gifts and Decorative Accessories magazine, the premier trade publication and resource serving the gift industry.
  • Monica Loving, vice president of vendor relations for Ivystone, a national sales agency providing wholesale gift, home, and fashion accessories to retailers across the U.S.

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Tshirt Logo_AIDS WALK Heart LogoThe National Stationery Show and Gift For Life have renewed their partnership to participate in the 30th annual AIDS Walk New York to be held Sunday, May 17. As part of the fourth consecutive year of the collaboration, the joint Gift For Life/NSS team will recruit walkers to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS, with participants either walking the actual 10K course that starts and ends at Central Park or taking a “virtual” walk through the aisles of the show.

In 2014, the Gift for Life/NSS team raised $30,372 and was ranked among the top 25 teams participating in AIDS Walk New York. Their total donations included a $5,000 matching grant from Gift For Life’s charity partner, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. With DIFFA on board again with another $5,000 matching grant, the team has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 for 2015.

To join the Gift For Life/NSS team or to donate, click here.

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Gift Chavez for Charity Braceletfor Life has announced a partnership with Chavez for Charity, a leading fashion accessories company combining style with support of charitable causes. Beginning January 1, 2015, 25% of the gross profit from the sales of Chavez for Charity’s Signature Collection black bracelets, black necklaces and earrings will support Gift for Life.

“Chavez for Charity was created to help a range of charitable causes that make a difference in people’s lives,” said Joe Cerbo, Co-Founder and CEO. “We jumped at the chance to support Gift for Life’s mission of funding HIV/AIDS service and education programs. We appreciate the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for this amazing volunteer organization and to recognize the positive impact they make in communities across the U.S.”

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