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Highlights: New Website, Jan. Market Events and Peter's B-day


Gift for Life is kicking off the new year with a newly redesigned website that allows both existing donors and potential donors to easily read up on the organization's mission, fundraising campaigns, and updates.

Built by board member Lenise Willis, Editor in Chief of Gifts & Decorative Accessories, the site is divided into four main sections.

  • The Home page includes an overview of the organization's mission and focus on fundraising for crisis-related hunger and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and advocacy.

  • The Donate page includes details about all current fundraising campaigns, with links for contributions.

  • The About page features a video of Founder Peter Schauben of Schauben & Co. explaining how Gift for Life started in 1992 as a response to the AIDS crisis.

  • The News & Updates section features the latest press releases, monthly newsletters, and allows web visitors to sign up for email updates.

"We are thrilled to be relaunching Gift for Life's new website thanks to the efforts of a dedicated group of our board members,” said Ari Lowenstein, Gift for Life chair. “Our donors, and those interested in our projects, will now have a single source to learn more about year-round fundraising for World Central Kitchen as well as AIDS Walk NY each May."

A big thank you to board member Cathy Steel who sponsored the domain payment and platform subscription for its first year.



January starts with a bang with events in Dallas and Atlanta!

Our very own GFL Board Member and East/Atlantic Sales Representative ARTS Award Winner, Russ Jones at the 34th Annual ARTS Awards & Gala, January 12 in Dallas. Donations to World Central Kitchen can be made in celebration of Russ' award.


Darrah Showroom Event

Chef Ari Lowenstein, Chair of Gift for Life, and owner of Ari's Pantry preparing and serving dishes from the new World Central Kitchen Cookbook in the Darrah & Co showroom during Atlanta Market, January 18. Donations can be made online. Donate Online ›


JURA Demo Kitchen Event


Chef Ari conducting a live cooking demonstration from the new World Central Kitchen Cookbook in Atlanta Market's JURA Demonstration Kitchen, January 19. Donations can be made online. Donate Online ›



Las Vegas Market Opening Night Party

Sunday, January 28, 2024, 5pm - 7pm

World Market Center Las Vegas Courtyard


Home vs. Hunger's Party with a Purpose

April 2024, Date/Time TBD

High Point Market, Eichholtz Showroom



Sunday May 18, 2024


Peter Schauben 70½ Birthday Bash

July Date/Time TBD

Candler Hotel, Atlanta, GA



GFL would like to recognize the top 47 individuals and organizations who supported Gift for Life during 2023.

Recognition tiers include 3 Diamond Donors ($10,000+), 7 Platinum Donors ($5,000+), 4 Gold Donors ($3,000+), 13 Silver Donors ($1,000+), and 20 Bronze Donors ($500+).

To make a donation in 2024, visit All proceeds benefit World Central Kitchen's efforts to combat crisis-related hunger.

DIAMOND DONORS ($10,000 or more)

·       Eichholtz

·       Fine Lines

·       The Portico Collection


PLATINUM DONORS ($5,000 or more)

·       ANDMORE

·       Demdaco

·       J Douglas

·       NY NOW

·       Schauben & Co.

·       The Link Companies

·       Todd & Jannetta Litzman


GOLD DONORS ($3,000 or more)

·       Diverse Marketing

·       Gift and Home Trade Association

·       Ivystone

·       Raz Imports


SILVER DONORS ($1,000 or more)

·       Anne McGilvray & Company

·       Crystal Media Co.

·       DM Merchandising

·       Fieldstone Marketing

·       Loloi

·       Nest, Inc.

·       OOLY

·       Rain Jewelry

·       Road Runners LLC

·       Roman

·       Swig

·       The 7th Haven

·       Tonies Art


BRONZE DONORS ($500 or more)

·       Ari's Pantry

·       Bigelow

·       Blue Q

·       Bry Group

·       Creative Co-Op

·       Darrah Reps

·       David Youngson Associates

·       E Newton Design

·       Eller and Associates

·       Haute Diggity Dog

·       Jane Murray

·       Jen Dolan

·       John Grob

·       K. Hall Studio

·       Keena

·       MarketTime

·       Sales Producers, Inc.

·       Sapphire Group

·       Sophistiplate

·       Sugar B



The Gift for Life founder, Peter Schauben of Schauben & Associates, celebrated a milestone birthday this month. Watch for details about an in-person celebration to be held during the summer 2024 Atlanta Market. In the meantime, celebrate Peter with a donation of $70 in honor of his 70th!



Angela Schmook, a Gift for Life Board member since April 2023, has been voted in as the newly created position of "treasurer" for Gift for Life. In this role, she will have specific responsibility for overseeing GFL fundraising and donor management.

Angela is Vice President of Road Runners, a multi-line sales agency with showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas. She has a passion for leading people, streamlining operational processes, and helping to make our world a better place.

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