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Who We Are

Gift for Life was founded by Peter Schauben of Schauben & Co in 1992 in response to the tragic loss of industry lives to AIDS. The organization’s first meeting at the National Stationery Show brought together a cross-section of the industry’s leading publishers, market centers, sales reps, manufacturers, and retailers – all willing to convene and work together towards a common goal. 


Since that time, Gift for Life has raised nearly $6 million for AIDS research, education, treatment and care through nationwide at-market events, cause marketing programs and direct donations.


In 2021, with COVID-19 temporarily causing cancelation of in-person events at industry markets, Gift for Life pivoted towards online digital events with a specific emphasis on COVID-related hunger relief. Currently, the all-volunteer organization continues to support programs that address hunger relief, in addition to HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention and assistance. 

Our Executive Leadership Team
Board Members

The Gift for Life Board is comprised of recognized leaders in the gift, home and stationery industries. 

  • Jessica Barile of Design Works Collective

  • Kelly Bristol of Just Got 2 Have It

  • Sheila Charton of Zafferano America

  • Randa Crisler of The Portico Collection, Inc.

  • Cole Daugherty of Dallas Market Center

  • Kate Duff of Claxton Consulting

  • Emalee Hoffman of CMA Gifts

  • Angela Jacobson

  • Russ Jones of Ivystone

  • Amy Loewenberg of NY NOW at Emerald X

  • Ari Lowenstein of Emergent Workshop/Ari’s Pantry

  • Julie McCallum of Gift Shop Plus

  • Kim Mancuso-Telford of NY NOW

  • Landon Metts of MarketTime

  • Sarah Mount of ANDMORE

  • Peter Schauben of Schauben & Co.

  • Angela Schmook of Road Runners

  • Cathy Steel of Steel Associates

  • Lenise Willis of Gifts & Decorative Accessories

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