Gift for Life, the gift, stationery, and home decor industries’ leading charitable organization, announces the Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team recently raised more than $27,000 for men, women, and families living with HIV/AIDS. This figure included a $5,000 grant from DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS).
This year marked the seventh 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. The 2018 AIDS Walk NY – which was the 33rd annual event – has raised a collective $4,416,000.
“It was the most magnificent day to walk the 10k in Central Park,” enthused Su Hilty, team co-leader. “Caroline Kennedy, my team co-leader, and I are thrilled to continue with the team, and we are asking the industry to help us reach our goal with post-event donations.”
Nearly $20,000 of the team’s total was raised by its six “Star Walkers,” who each raised $1,000 or more. The 2018 Star Walkers are Gift for Life board vice chair Matt Katzenson of Fine Lines; team co-leaders, Caroline Kennedy of PRESENT magazine and Su Hilty, gift & home industry ambassador; Frank Joens of the LA Mart; Russ Jones of Ivystone; and Deb Swisher of Bloomingville.
Additional donations, which will help the team meet its $30,000 goal, will be accepted through June 27 at ny.aidswalk.net/GFLNSS2018.