7th Charity Gala Draws Record 500+ Supporters, Special Guest Auctioneer and Raffle Donor Donny Osmond
Las Vegas Market announced today that its seventh annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser netted a record-breaking $15,735 to benefit Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home décor industries’ sole charitable organization. Some 500+ supporters attended the annual industry soiree, which featured special guest Donny Osmond, a silent auction of Donny Osmond Home products as well as Las Vegas-themed items and experiences.
“Las Vegas Market is pleased and proud to once again demonstrate our commitment to assisting Gift For Life and its vital mission of supporting HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, education and advocacy by raising an unprecedented $15,735 at our Summer Market gala,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of Gift Leasing and chief marketing officer, International Market Centers. “Having Donny Osmond as our special guest was a big attraction and helped us attract a record crowd of 500+ to raise money for Gift For Life. As the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market, Las Vegas Market is proud to support the industry’s charitable efforts, to date raising more than $85,000 for Gift for Life.”
Auction prizes included tickets to the award-winning “Donny & Marie Show” – at Donny’s personal table plus a meet and greet – at the Flamingo Las Vegas, valued at $750 per pair. Ticket winners were Diane Rice, buyer, Furniture Village and Gayle Jacobs, guest, Furniture Village. In the 90-minute show, Donny Osmond and his younger sister, Marie, backed by eight dancers and a nine-piece band reprise their fabulously successful TV variety series, which ran on ABC from 1976 to 1979.
Specially-selected Donny Osmond Home licensed merchandise from three Las Vegas Market showrooms – Art Trends, Coaster Company of America and Rizzy Home – and other licensees also were auctioned. Prizes and winners included two fine art giclees from Art Trends, valued at $299 each, won by Lucinda Lopez; Mercer Collection four-light pendant from Capital Lighting Fixture Company, valued at $498, won by exhibitor Kristi DeLeo of UMA Enterprises, and a Gavin Collection 12-light chandelier from Capital Lighting Fixture Company, valued at $480, won by sales representative Randy Spoor of Sales Producer; Houndstooth Accent Chair from Coaster Company of America, valued at $380, won by exhibitor Joseph Goulet of Candle Impressions/Next Step Reps; and king-size quilt and four décor pillows set from Rizzy Home, valued at $499, won by Jim Morey of Morey Management. Las Vegas Market is the nation’s fastest growing gift and home décor market and the leading furniture marketplace in the western U.S., presenting 4,000+ gift, home décor and furniture resources in an unrivaled market destination.
Las Vegas Market features thousands of gift, furniture and home décor lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Winter 2018 Las Vegas Market runs January 28 to February 1, 2018. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.
Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P., the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 12.1 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.
Gift for Life unites the gift and home industries against AIDS with more than $5 million raised since its inception in 1992. In 2008, Gift for Life selected DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S., as its sole charity partner. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more than $42 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. More information is available at www.giftforlife.org and at www.diffa.org.