Gift for Life, a charitable organization in the gift and home décor industry that raises money to fight AIDS, recently announced that its annual Party for Life fundraiser raised a record $208,000.
“A generous industry truly delivered dramatic results as we combined fun with fundraising,” Gift for Life chairperson Leslie Nathan-Street said in a statement. “To date we have raised nearly $5 million for HIV/AIDS research and assistance through the generous help of sponsors and party attendees.”
The event, which was held on Jan. 29 at New York's Central Park Boathouse, featured a silent and live auction for a wide array of prizes. Industry leaders were also recognized for their charitable work, including Jenny Hammons, who received the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award; Brandwise and its founders Todd and Jannetta Litzman, who received the Trailblazer Award; George Kacic, who received the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award; and John C. Portman, Jr., who received the Legend for Life honor.
The money raised at the event will go to DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S.