Gift Industry Raises More than $27K for HIV/AIDS Charity

The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team that participated in the AIDS Walk NY last month raised more than $27,700
June 3, 2015Allison Zisko

GiftForLifewalkers2015 Star Walkers Su Hilty, Matt Katzenson, Marci Bracken and Michelle Aguda.
NEW YORK-The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team that participated in the AIDS Walk NY last month raised more than $27,700 for men, women and families who are living with HIV/AIDS, the organization said. With a $5,000 matching grant from DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS), the team is just shy of its new $30,000 target, and donations will be accepted through June 12 at

This year marked the fourth consecutive cooperation of Gift for Life and the National Stationery Show to participate in the AIDS Walk NY, which took place in New York City on Opening Day of the National Stationery Show. One team walked the 10K route through Central Park and another conducted a “virtual walk” through the Javits Center aisles, where the Stationery Show takes place, in support of Gay Mens’ Health Crisis (GMHC), beneficiary of AIDS Walk NY.

Currently, the team is ranked 17th overall in team fundraising, and the 2015 AIDS Walk NY—which was the 30th annual event—has raised more than $4.8 million collectively for the cause.

“It was another great AIDS Walk NY fundraising year for the GFL/NSS team, and I am proud to be affiliated with the team and the industry,” said Su Hilty, team leader. “We had four Star Walkers with the GFL/NSS team in Central Park this year, and we got the royal treatment every step of the way. Here’s to next year and another stellar performance!”

More than $12,000 of the team’s total was raised by Gift for Life board member Matt Katzenson, owner of Fine Lines and team co-leader; and the team boasted an additional four “Star Walkers” who each raised more than $1,000 for the event: Marci Bracken of GIFT SHOP Magazine; Su Hilty, team leader and gift and home industry ambassador; Michelle Aguda of VIIIR; and Stu Teller, Gift for Life Board member and principal of Right Angle Strategies.

Allison ZiskoAllison Zisko | Managing Editor/Tabletop Editor

After 15 years of covering the tabletop industry, Allison Zisko is still as enthusiastic as ever about the dinnerware, glassware and flatware categories. An in-depth analysis of how the category works intrigues her just as much as the latest fashion trends. As managing editor, Allison oversees the daily e-newsletter and works behind the scenes to help produce the print issue each month. She also directs HFN’s housewares coverage and covers the cutlery category. An avid reader, Allison is eager to talk to anyone and everyone about the latest book they are reading.


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