Growing Sponsor Roster Announced for 2016 Party for Life

January 15, 2016—Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ leading charitable organization, announced today that more than $155,000 in sponsorship has been pledged to date for its 24th Annual Party for Life, taking place Monday, February 1, at New York City’s Central Park Boathouse.  The robust, and growing, list of sponsors includes significant donations from the three 2016 honorees – Suzy Batiz of Poo-Pourri, Howard Henschel of The Norman Group, and Arun Agarwal of Nextt – as well as a ‘who’s who’ list of the industry’s leading vendors, sales agencies, suppliers and market producers.


Sponsorships, which range from $500 to $25,000; and individual tickets, which cost $125 each, are still available for sale.  Commitments from the following companies and individuals already have been received:


Presenting Sponsors ($25,000)

The Norman Group



Platinum ($15,000)



Diamond ($10,000)




Gold ($5,000)

Dallas Market Center

Eller Enterprises

Global Views

International Market Centers


Silver ($2,500)

Beatriz Ball Collection


Capital One

JGROB Associates

Kikkerland Design Inc.

Natural Life

Vera Bradley

Whereoware LLC


Bronze ($1,000-1,500)

230 Fifth Avenue

Alene Candles LLC/Ted M. Goldberg

Appelman Schauben

Archipelago Botanicals

Compendium, Inc.

Creative Co-op

Darrah & Co.

European Soaps

Fine Lines

Forty One Madison

Great American Media Services|Gift Shop, Stationery Trends, Museums & More

Jenny Hammons Company

Knock Knock LLC

LA Mart

Mad Style


Michel Design Works

Mike and Deborah Dean

Natural Life

Right Angle Strategies

Steel Associates LLC


Mary Ann Tonkin

Wendy Tonkin/Jewish Community Foundation

Western Exhibitors

Jack & Lynda Withiam, Jr.

Workman Publishing

The Yankee Candle Company



“We are overwhelmed with the support shown by the industry in general, and our honorees in particular,” said Frank Joens, chair of the Gift for Life board.  “These industry leaders are making direct donations that will help Gift for Life to continue to support HIV/AIDS service and education programs.”


The 24th annual Party for Life will honor three industry leaders: Suzy Batiz, the creator and CEO of Poo-Pourri, is being honored with the Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award; Howard Henschel, president and CEO of The Norman Group, is the recipient of the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award; and Arun Agarwal, CEO and director of Nextt, is being presented with the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award.


Guests at the 24th annual Party for Life also will mingle, network and compete for a wide array of prizes available at silent auction.  Individual tickets, which are available for $125, include food, open bar and dancing.  To purchase tickets, visit


Each year, Gift for Life hosts events throughout the U.S. benefitting DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA). The primary mission of Gift for Life and DIFFA is to eradicate