Gift for Life Opens Silent Auction

A silent auction will be held for the first time in support of Gift for Life’s annual fundraiser, Party for Life. Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ sole charitable organization, announced that the inaugural silent auction will be held in Atlanta on Wednesday, January 15, 2020,from 6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  

The auction includes an exciting array of travel packages and luxury experiences. Bidding is open now via It’s easy to pre-register and begin bidding securely through the dedicated site. Highlights of the silent auction include:

  • Hyatt Regency Atlanta one-night weekend stay with breakfast and parking
  • Golden Nugget Las Vegas 3-day/2-night stay with R/T airfare and food credit
  • Seattle Get-Away 4-day/3-night stay at a beautiful waterfront estate in Lakebay, Wash.
  • Historic Inn Downtown in Portsmouth, N.H., 2-night stay 
  • Omni Hotels & Resorts Atlanta 2-night stay with breakfast buffet
  • Homemade Italian dinner for 8 in Dallas
  • Hilton Atlanta “Bounce Back Weekend” for two, including parking

In addition to auction items, the Party for Life in Atlanta will include a guest appearance by celebrity designer Thom Filicia and presentation of Gift for Life’s Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award to gift visionary Anne McGilvray.

“Party for Life 2020 has incredible auction items that benefit a wonderful cause,” said Matthew Katzenson, Gift for Life chair. “Please start bidding now on these packages that offer tremendous value and support for Gift for Life.” 

According to Katzenson, there currently are more than 50 confirmed sponsors, and the list grows daily.  Sponsors to date include: Anne McGilvray & Company at $25,000; AmericasMart Atlanta/Las Vegas Market, NY NOW Retail Renaissance, and Poo-Pourri at $15,000; BinaNat Capital and Demdaco at $10,000; Barefoot Dreams, Dallas Market Center, Michel Design Works and Vera Bradley at $5,000. In-kind support includes Great American Publishing, Maiarelli Studio, and Progressive Media.

Individual tickets are available for purchase for $125. Sponsorships are available in packages starting at $1,000. The higher the sponsorship, the bigger the benefits including event tickets, a VIP experience, full-page advertising across leading industry publications, at-Market recognition and marketing promotion from Gift for Life as well as AmericasMart Atlanta that includes emails, social media, website posts, elevator doors, and more.  

To support Party for Life 2020 via tickets and sponsorships visit 

Gift for Life was founded by Peter Schauben of Appleman Schauben in 1992 in response to the tragic loss of industry lives to AIDS.  The organization’s first meeting at the National Stationery Show brought together a cross-section of the industry’s leading publishers, market centers, sales reps, manufacturers, and retailers – all willing to convene and work together towards a common goal.  Since that time, Gift for Life has raised more than $5 million for AIDS research, education, treatment, and care through nationwide at-market events, cause marketing programs and direct donations. 

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