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Las Vegas Market introduces Global Goodness initiative

International Market Centers has announced the creation of a Global Goodness awards program, which will recognize and celebrate Las Vegas Market vendors for acting in a socially responsible manner and making the world a better place. Five companies will be honored with the inaugural Global Goodness awards during the summer 2013 Las Vegas Market, running July 29-Aug.2.

"Many suppliers today understand that good deeds and good business go hand-in-hand," said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift & Home Décor, International Market Centers. "Numerous companies exhibiting in the gift and home décor category at Las Vegas Market offer artisanal, sustainable, eco-friendly and fair trade products that help improve the lives of people all over the world. As the leading gift and home décor destination in the western United States, Las Vegas Market is proud to honor these unheralded philanthropic activities and to promote corporate good citizenship through its Global Goodness initiative."

The Global Goodness awards are open to all Las Vegas Market exhibitors, and four honorees will be selected by an independent jury comprised of trade press editors, retail executives and industry experts. To date, the judging panel includes Marcella Echavarria of Surevolution, Caroline Kennedy of Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Carol MacNulty with BDH, Patricia Norins of Gift Shop Magazine and Barbara Wujcik of Giftware News. A fifth People's Choice Award honoree will be determined by popular vote conducted via social media.

Las Vegas Market exhibitors wishing to participate in the Global Goodness initiative are invited to submit essays that describe their personal journey, outline the socially-responsible products that they offer and demonstrate how these products and the sourcing process have had a positive impact on people and communities throughout the world. Essays, which must include both photos and text, are due by Monday, June 25. Submissions should be sent to Cain Brodie at cbrodie@imcenters.com.

Essays from all applicants will be posted on the Las Vegas Market website, and the five finalist submissions will be featured in a dedicated display space on the 11th floor of Building C. The awards will be presented during a recognition reception from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 30.

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