Gift for Life Celebrates 30 Years

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Pictured L-R: Lenise Willis, Nancy Wolkow, Sheila Charton, Angela Jacobson, Stephen Joseph; Landon Metts, Andrea Padilla, Russ Jones, Sarah Mount, Emalee Hoffman, Jessica Barille, Peter Schauben, Cathy Steel and Cole Daugherty.

Industry leaders raised a glass to Gift for Life’s 30th anniversary during a GHTA reception on July 14 at Atlanta Market.  Since its founding in 1992, the all-volunteer organizations has motivated the gift and home industry to donate more than $6 million in connection with at-market events, cause marketing initiatives and direct donations.  Special recognition was given to GFL founder, Peter Schauben, for his passion, tenacity in bringing the industry together to fundraise initially for HIV/AIDS research, education, treatment and education, and currently for crisis-related hunger relief.  To donate in honor of the 30th anniversary, visit   



About Gift for Life

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 nearly $6 million for AIDS research, education, treatment and care through nationwide at-market events, cause marketing programs and direct donations. With COVID-19 temporarily causing cancelation of in-person events at industry markets, Gift for Life pivoted towards online digital events with a specific emphasis on COVID-related hunger relief. As Gift for Life celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022, the all-volunteer organization will continue to support programs that address hunger relief. More information is available at



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