Gift for Life celebrates 30th anniversary

Industry leaders raised a glass to Gift for Life’s 30th anniversary during a Gift and Home Trade Association reception on July 14 at the Atlanta Market. Since its founding in 1992, the all-volunteer organization has motivated the gift and home industries to donate more than $6 million in connection with at-market events, cause marketing initiatives and direct donations, according to a news release.

Special recognition was given to Peter Schauben, Gift for Life founder, for his passion and tenacity in bringing the industry together to raise funds initially for HIV/AIDS research, education, treatment and education.

This summer, the organization is raising funds for crisis-related hunger relief and World Central Kitchen, a charitable organization founded by celebrity chef José Andrés.

To donate in honor of the 30th anniversary, visit  

Pictured (from left): Lenise Willis, Gifts & Decorative Accessories; Nancy Michael, International Housewares Association; Sheila Charton, Springboard Futures; Angela Jacobson, Stephen Joseph; Landon Metts, Creative Brands; Andrea Padilla, Transpac; Russ Jones, Ivystone; Sarah Mount, Juniper by IMC; Emalee Hoffman, Studio Oh!; Jessica Barille, Paddywax; Peter Schauben, Schauben & Associates; Cathy Steel, Steel Associates; and Cole Daugherty, Dallas Market Center.

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