23 June 2010

Gift For Life to Benefit from Pacific Market Center’s Tabletop by Design

press release

Tablescape fundraiser to be held during August Gift and Home Accessories Show

June 15, 2010—Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home décor industries' sole charitable organization, today announced it will serve as the beneficiary of the first annual Tabletop by Design, a celebration of all things tabletop and home entertaining organized by the Pacific Market Center.

The program was initiated by the Pacific Market Center as a special event complementing their Summer Gift and Home Accessories Show, taking place August 18-24 in Seattle. For the event each participant will showcase inventive tabletop designs on 48” or 60” round tables. Buyers attending the show will vote on their favorite designs by making donations to Gift For Life, with all proceeds benefiting DIFFA: Design Industries Foudnation Fighting AIDS.

According to Lisa Goodman, Director of Marketing for the Pacific Market Center, the aim is to create dazzling and memorable tabletop displays that will inspire show attendees while raising funds for Gift For Life/DIFFA. “Times are challenging, but we continue to see encouraging support for inspirational events and charitable giving,” said Goodman. “We look forward to wide participation and the opportunity to showcase unique creativity for charitable good.”

“We are delighted to work with the Pacific Market Center to develop a new Gift For Life activity in Seattle,” said Jenny Hammons, chair of the Gift For Life board and president of Jenny Hammons Company. “What a wonderful way to blend design inspiration and industry giving.”

Gift For Life presents its annual Industry Achievement Award each August as part of the Gifts & Decorative Accessories Retailer Excellence Awards. In addition, Gift For Life hosts regional events throughout the United States and a national fundraiser each winter in New York City during the New York International Gift Fair®. Funds benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. For additional information please visit www.giftforlife.org.

Gift For Life, the gift and home décor industry’s volunteer group raising funds for AIDS assistance and research through DIFFA: Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS, was founded in 1992. Since then, Gift for Life has raised nearly $4 million through special events, cause-related marketing, promotions, and from corporate and individual donations. Information is available at www.giftforlife.org.

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more than $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. Information is available at www.diffa.org

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