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Gift for Life Honors Dorothy Belshaw During REAs

$34,000+ Donated in Connection with Industry Achievement Award DALLAS, TX – June 24, 2024…. ANDMORE President Dorothy Belshaw was honored with Gift for Life’s 2024 Industry Achievement Award during the 73rd Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, June 19, 2024, in Dallas, TX. This coveted accolade recognized Dorothy's exceptional contributions to the gift and home industry over her more than 30-year career.  In connection with the award, more than $34,000 has been donated in Belshaw’s honor to World Central Kitchen's global hunger relief efforts.


(L-R) Lenise Willis, Gifts & Dec editor; Dorothy Belshaw, honoree; Peter Schauben, GFL Founder; and Sarah Mount, GFL Chair at REAs.
(L-R) Lenise Willis, Gifts & Dec editor; Dorothy Belshaw, honoree; Peter Schauben, GFL Founder; and Sarah Mount, GFL Chair.

“What a wonderful night!  We were delighted to recognize Dorothy’s achievement to the industry and appreciate her efforts to raise funds for World Central Kitchen,” said Gift for Life Chair Sarah Mount. 


In honor of Belshaw, gift and home industry colleagues have donated more than $34,000 to World Central Kitchen – fundraising which will serve more than 11,000 hot, healthy meals to in-need communities around the world.  Among the 70+ donors, nine contributed $1,000 or more:  ANDMORE ($5,000); Gourmet Catalog/Janis Johnson ($3,000); Two’s Company ($2,222); Be Home/Jonathan Hankar, Fern Expo, Connections Housing/Robert Colvin, Bob Maricich, Schauben & Co/Peter Schauben and Cathy & Alan Steel. Donations will be accepted through June 30, at www.giftforlife.org/donate.


In her acceptance, Belshaw said, “The Oxford Dictionary defines achievement as something done successfully - typically by effort, courage or skill.  But I also believe that without the right circumstances, no amount of hard work, risk-taking, or know-how could have brought me to this moment.”   She also thanked customers for supporting her over the years, saying, “You patiently helped me learn this business and then taught me that YOUR business is MY business. You bravely stepped up for all the crazy moves, restacks, mergers, and launches. You gave me credit when things went well and grace when they didn’t. You have weathered countless storms, recessions, trends, fads, pandemics, and disruptors with trademark entrepreneurial spirit, grit, and humanity. You have pushed me to do better and be better; And you have always managed to tell me what I most need to hear when I most need to hear it.” 


Gift for Life’s Industry Achievement Award, which has been presented at Gifts & Decorative Accessories’ Retailer Excellence Awards (REA) since 2009, recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry – whether as a thought leader, standard-bearer or overall industry influencer.  Past honorees include: Todd and Jannetta Litzman of MarketTime (2023); Warren Shoulberg (2022); Patti Carpenter (2021); Adam Glassman of O, The Oprah Magazine (2020); Anna and Nathan Bond of Rifle Paper (2019); Mitch and Seth Nash of Blue Q (2018); The Beekman Boys (2017); Julie Chavez and Joe Cerbo of Chavez for Charity (2016); Tom Mirabile of Lifetime Brands (2015); Dave Thomas and Kevin Mundt of HomArt (2014); Gregg Corzine and David Klass of Archipelago (2013); Les Mandelbaum and Paul Rowan of UMBRA (2012); Michael Aram of Michael Aram (2011); Randi Eller of Eller Enterprises (2010); and Bobbie Gottlieb of Two's Company (2009).


Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK) is a nonprofit organization that is first to the frontlines providing fresh meals in response to crises, while working to build resilient food systems with locally led solutions. Applying a model of quick action, leveraging local resources, and adapting in real time, WCK has served more than 300 million nourishing meals around the world. When disaster strikes, WCK’s Relief Team mobilizes with the urgency of now to start cooking and serving meals to people in need. By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of local restaurants, food trucks, or emergency kitchens, WCK serves comforting meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. To support regional economies, WCK prioritizes purchasing local ingredients to cook with or distribute directly to families in need. WCK knows that good food provides not only nourishment, but also comfort and hope, especially in times of crisis. Learn more at wck.org.

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