Gift for Life event raises $225,000 for AIDS treatment

Annual fundraiser draws record crowd in New York

Party for LifeGift for Life's 25th anniversary Party for Life drew a record 500-plus attendees to The Boathouse in Central Park. Jan van der Lande of Kikkerland Designs received the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.
Gift and home industry charitable organization Gift for Life raised more than $225,000 for AIDS treatment and prevention at its 25th anniversary Party for Life.

The annual event, which benefitted DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, drew a record 500-plus attendees to The Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park on Monday, Feb. 6.

The Party for Life featured numerous New York-themed food stations, multiple bars and a short program followed by live entertainment. In addition to networking, guests also competed for a wide array of silent auction prizes including luxury experiences and gift and home décor products donated by more than 40 leading suppliers.

Jan van der Lande of Kikkerland Designs was presented with the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award during the event. More than 20 of Gift for Life’s previous honorees also were in attendance at the 25th anniversary celebration.

“Our 25th Anniversary Party for Life was the biggest and best it has ever been,” said Frank Joens, Gift for Life’s chair. “We raised more money, had better attendance and produced a party that has been reviewed as sensational. We are so fortunate to have the backing of the wholesale gift, home and design industry as they have been unbelievably generous to us over the past 25 years. This year was no exception and we say a huge thank you to all of our supporters.”

Gift for Life raises funds to benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS through nationwide at-market events, cause marketing programs and direct donations. In 2016, DIFFA National granted more than $333,000 to 26 organizations providing treatment, education, prevention and advocacy across the United States.

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