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Highlights: Celebrating AIDS Walk NY, Dorothy Belshaw and Summer Fundraisers

GFL/NY NOW Team Shatters AIDS Walk NY Fundraising Goal

It's amazing what 16 people can do!

The small, but mighty, Gift for Life/NY NOW team, has raised $45,684 for AIDS Walk NY, as of Sunday, May 19, when they were among thousands who gathered in NYC's Central Park (and virtually) to raise funds for GMHC's HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and advocacy programs.

Former GFL chair, Matt Katzenson, not only led the team in fundraising with $13,320 donated by friends and family, but also was one of the event's overall top fundraisers. Other Gift for Life/NY NOW “Star Walkers” who raised $1,000+ were Caroline Kennedy, Kate Duff, Kelly Bristol, Amy Loewenberg, Su Hilty, Bill McCue, Sally Fisher, Caroline Geremia and the Schmook Family. As of May 19, the team has raised $45,684 and is ranked third in overall team fundraising.


Donations are accepted through month-end.



Donate to Celebrate Dorothy

On June 19, Gift for Life will bestow its 2024 Industry Achievement Award to Dorothy Belshaw, president of ANDMORE. In connection with this award, she has set a $30,000 fundraising goal.

In an email appeal to friends and family, Dorothy said:


"I have been amazed by the tenacity and dedication of GFL's leadership and by the widespread and whole-hearted commitment of this industry to help those in need and to do good.


As a recipient of this email, you have already supported me at some point in my career. Maybe you taught me how to merchandise a floorplan, negotiate a lease, edit a press release, sell a booth, work an international trade show, find my way around High Point, solve a problem, celebrate a win, own a mistake. Maybe you helped me understand the role of the multi-line agency, the impact of supply chain disruption, the definition of FOB pricing, the technology of order management software applications, the difference between fused and dichroic glass. Maybe you supported the launch of Gift in Las Vegas as a customer, a teammate, or an investor.


I'm sure we have shared a laugh, a good story, or a meal, and we probably argued once or twice - sorry about that. Thank you for what you have already done to help me - without even knowing it. And I hope you'll consider helping me help others."


Join us in celebrating her achievements! The award will be presented at the Retailer Excellence Awards on June 19 in Dallas. Event information and tickets are available, below, and donations are accepted through month-end.



Hello...and a our Dallas Market Center Board Members

Let's give a warm welcome to new board member, Brittany Rigg, Dallas Market Center's Director of Leasing for Gift, Housewares, and Tabletop. And, let's bid a fond farewell to Cole Daugherty of Dallas Market Center who steps down after 18 years as a Board member. Daugherty, SVP at Dallas Market Center, served as Chair from 2021-2023. 

Images of Brittany Rigg and Cole Daugherty

With a unique and diverse background that encompasses technology, education and athletics, Brittany is equipped with a strong foundation in sales, communications and business development. She is driven by a commitment to supporting others and thrives in a collaborative environment. She has always been drawn to the home and gift industry and as a Texas native, she has found her home at the DMC:


“I'm so excited and humbled to join the Gift for Life board!” exclaimed Brittany. “I am eager to contribute to the impactful work this team has done and to collaborate with such talented and tenured individuals. My heart truly lies in helping others, and I'm thrilled to bring that passion into this role”.


Save the date for Summer Fun & Fundraising

Peter Schauben's 70½ birthday event, Tuesday, July 16, in Atlanta.

Details for this fun and festive fete celebrating Peter are still being finalized. While we're working out the kinks, feel free to donate!



World Central Kitchen Updates

Palestinian-led teams resume work in Gaza & work continues on frontlines in Ukraine.

World Central Kitchen has resumed operations in Gaza, serving more than 1 million meals in the first week alone. As of May 5, WCK has distributed more than 46 million meals in Palestine. At the same time, life for many families in Ukraine's frontline communities has become increasingly tense in recent weeks as Russian forces advance and continue to attack. WCK's regional teams have adapted operations to meet the unique needs of hardest-hit communities, providing hot meals, food kits, and water as needed.


Coffee That Fuels You and WCK

From now until June 24, Starbucks will donate 100% of sales of its Odyssey Blend whole bean coffee sold at participating stores to support our humanitarian relief efforts around the world. Starbucks is one of WCK's longtime partners, having supported its work since 2019.

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