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Highlights: Wine Tasing Fundraiser, GFL's 2024 Industry Achievement Award Honoree, AIDS Walk NY Success, Summer Market Fundraising


Sip, Savor, and Support


Peter Schauben with Birthday Hat

Join the celebration at Gift for Life's "Party with Peter," a 70 ½ Birthday Wine Tasting Fundraiser, Tuesday, July 16, 2024, from 7-9pm, at The Candler Hotel in Atlanta.Indulge in fine wines and delicious charcuterie, all while benefiting World Central Kitchen. Let's raise a glass to Peter's special day and make a meaningful impact together! Admission is $100 per person.


Big thanks to our currently confirmed sponsors: Atlanta Market, C&F Enterprises, Claxton Consulting, Designworks Ink, Portico, Road Runners and Schauben & Co. Can't make it? No worries! You can still make a difference by donating online at www.giftforlife.org/donate.


Dorothy Belshaw Honored During REAs


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L-R: Lenise Willis, Gifts & Dec editor; Dorothy Belshaw, honoree; Peter Schauben, GFL founder; and Sarah Mount, GFL Chair.

ANDMORE President Dorothy Belshaw was honored with the Gift for Life's 2024 Industry Achievement Award, June 19, at the 73rd Annual Retailer Excellence Awards. This coveted accolade recognized Dorothy's exceptional contributions to the gift and home industry. In honor of her award, scores of industry friends have donated more than $33,400 in support of World Central Kitchen's global hunger relief efforts. Donations will be accepted through June 30th.


$48,000+ Raised at AIDS Walk NY


Group of people participating in walk in front of pink Aids Walk New York banner
Gift For Life's Aid Walk New York Team 2024

Our unstoppable Team GFL/NY NOW rocked the AIDS Walk NY 2024, raising over $48,000 and clinching the third spot in team fundraising! Team members were part of more than 10,000 who gathered in Central Park and virtually around the country - all for the benefit of GMHC and other HIV/AIDS services organizations.


Led by co-captains Caroline (Keb) Kennedy and Kelly Bristol, the team's spirit was sky-high, fueled by the generosity of donors like you. Former GFL chair Matthew Katzenson led the fundraising charge, raising $13,678 and ranking among the event's top fundraisers! Other Gift for Life/NY NOW “Star Walkers” who each raised $1,000+ were Caroline Kennedy, Kate Duff, Kelly Bristol, Bill McCue, Amy Loewenberg, Su Hilty, Sally Fisher, Caroline Geremia and the Schmook Family.



Summer Gift & Home Market Fundraising


Summer is here, and so is the bustling season for market events and fundraising initiatives within our industry! We're hard at work with Gift for Life, supporting World Central Kitchen. At the recent Dallas Market, the Portico Collection and Patrick & Company ran exciting in-showroom campaigns, with results to be unveiled in our upcoming July newsletter.


The excitement continues into July with events lined up at both the Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market. In Atlanta, join us for the "Party for Peter" as we celebrate Peter Schauben's 70 1/2th birthday while raising funds. Meanwhile, in Las Vegas, we're gearing up for a Home vs Hunger Vegas fundraiser, led by CMA.


For all the latest updates and details, visit our website!


400 million meals served: WCK named one of TIME's Most Influential Companies


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World Central Kitchen has been named one of TIME's “100 Most Influential Companies” of 2024. Their teams have served more than 400 million meals to families impacted by humanitarian and natural disasters since their founding in 2010. Today, WCK Relief Teams are on the ground in Gaza, Lebanon, Ukraine and Brazil providing hope to families impacted by crises, one plate of food at a time.


This recognition is a testament to the tireless work of relief teams who stand shoulder-to-shoulder with impacted communities and to the extended WCK family that fuels their good work. Please join Gift for Life and donate to help WCK to cook millions more meals.

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