Kathy Ireland to Headline Gift for Life Fundraiser at Las Vegas Market

Proceeds to Benefit DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS

Las Vegas Market has tapped Kathy Ireland®, Chair, CEO & Chief Designer of the eponymous global lifestyle brand and ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, to be the featured guest at the 9th annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser benefiting Gift for Life on Monday, July 29 at the Summer Las Vegas Market.

The annual gift and home industry social event will raise funds for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS through ticket sales as well as a silent auction featuring a variety of Las Vegas-themed prizes and kathy ireland® Home products.

“Las Vegas Market is thrilled that Kathy Ireland is joining us as a special guest at our annual Gift for Life fundraiser,” says Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers. “Kathy is a long-time advocate of HIV/AIDS treatment, education and care, who is passionately continuing the important and vital work that Dame Elizabeth Taylor, her close friend and mentor and one of the most powerful activists of our time, started. We are honored that she is joining Las Vegas Market’s fundraising efforts supporting Gift for Life.”

A world-famous lifestyle designer and trendsetter, Kathy Ireland® is considered one of the most influential people in fashion today. Not only is Kathy Chair, CEO & Chief Designer for kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®) – a leading design and marketing firm that translates trends for all markets and price points – but she has graced the cover of Forbes magazine three times, is listed as the 25th most powerful brand globally by License! Global magazine, and is listed as one of the 50 most influential people in fashion according to Fairchild Publications. In 2011, she was honored by Gift for Life and DIFFA with the first Design For Life Award for her work in the design field. She is also an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

“We are thrilled to join Las Vegas Market’s Up on the Roof fundraiser,” Kathy Ireland says. “We must all continue the work that Elizabeth so fearlessly and selflessly started, which contributed in powerful ways to the advancements in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. All of us at kiWW® thank Bob and Las Vegas Market, as well as Gift for Life, for uniting the home furnishings and gift industry in the fight against HIV/AIDS.”

During the event, Ireland will live auction a selection of kathy ireland® designs from several kiWW® partners, such as kathy ireland® Home by Pacific Coast Lighting (showroom A-301); kathy ireland® Office by Bush Furniture (A-1036); kathy ireland® Home by Nourison (C-112); Michael Amini | kathy ireland® Home Designs (C-1696 & C-1601); and kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens (TK Classics, C-13-0401). The items include designs from the lighting, home furnishings, office, rugs, outdoor furniture categories, and more.

The popular fundraiser typically draws a crowd of 300+ industry executives to the WorldView Ballroom on the 16th  floor of Building B. The 2019 event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 29. Party-goers will enjoy a full bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and the silent auction.

Up on the Roof tickets cost $25 each (or 5 for $100) and may be purchased online at https://upontheroof2019.splashthat.com/, and at specially designated kiosks on site on C1, C8, and in the Pavilions at Las Vegas Market. All proceeds will benefit Gift for Life.

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