Gift for Life Raises $200K for Charity

Posted on February 7, 2012 by HFN Staff

Jenny Hammons receives award from Wendy Tonkin of Western ExhibitorsJenny Hammons receives award from Wendy Tonkin of Western Exhibitors

NEW YORK-Gift for Life's 20th annual Party for Life event, held here last week, raised $208,000 to benefit DIFFA.

"A generous industry truly delivered dramatic results as we combined fun with fundraising," said Leslie Nathan-Street, Gift for Life chairperson. Gift for Life is the gift, stationery and home decor industries' sole charitable organization. "To date we have raised nearly $5 million for HIV/AIDS research and assistance through the generous help of sponsors and party attendees. Thanks to everyone for helping make this event a huge success."

The Party for Life featured food stations, multiple bars, and a program honoring industry leaders with four awards: Jenny Hammons received the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award; Brandwise and its founders Todd and Jannetta Litzman received the Trailblazer Award; George Kacic received the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award; and John C. Portman, Jr. received the Legend for Life honor.

Guests competed for a wide array of prizes at a silent and live auction including jewelry, home decor, photography services, show tickets, sports events, vacation packages, market trips, marketing assistance, and much more.