National Stationery Show, Gift For Life once again teaming up for AIDS walk

For the seventh consecutive year, Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home decor industries’ sole national charitable organization, has partnered with the National Stationery Show to participate in AIDS Walk New York, a charity fundraiser in New York City on Sunday, May 20 — the opening day of the Show.  The Gift For Life/National Stationery Show team will recruit walkers to raise funds for the fight against HIV/AIDS by participating in both the actual 10K course that starts and ends at Central Park as well as in a “virtual walk” through the aisles of the Show, which runs May 20-23, at New York City’s Javits Center.

Over the past six years of collaboration, the Gift for Life/NSS team has raised more than $144,000 for GMHC, the beneficiary of AIDS Walk New York.  For the last four years, the team has been recognized with “GOLD Team” status, which is bestowed upon the top 20 fundraising teams from each year. Their total donations include a generous $5,000 matching grant from Gift For Life’s beneficiary, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. With DIFFA on board again with another $5,000 matching grant, the team has set a fundraising goal of $30,000 for 2018.

“We’re pleased to once again partner with the Walk and involve exhibitors and attendees of the National Stationery Show in the fundraising efforts again this year,” said Kelly P. Bristol, NSS Director.  “Gift for Life was founded at the National Stationery Show, and I am extremely proud of our association with this wonderful group of industry colleagues and friends, as well as this important cause.”

Industry members and friends are invited to join the Gift For Life/National Stationery team as both walkers and/or as donors.  The 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) AIDS Walk New York begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 20, in Central Park, and in Javits Center when the National Stationery Show opens its doors.

“For six years we have consistently raised a significant amount of money for this worthy cause,” said Su Hilty, Gift for Life/NSS team co-captain and honorary GFL Board member.  “With the help of the stationery industry at large, as well as my co-captain, Caroline Kennedy and our “star” walker and fund-raiser Matthew Katzenson, CEO of Fine Lines Company and Gift for Life vice chair, we hope to meet and surpass our 2018 fundraising goal of $30,000!”

Now in its 33rd year, AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly 890,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $150 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised at the event remain a vital lifeline sustaining the prevention, care, and advocacy programs GMHC provides for the thousands of men, women, and families affected by the disease in the tri-state area. The proceeds also benefit dozens of other HIV/AIDS service organizations that are able to participate as teams and raise funds through the Community Partnership Program (CPP). For more information, visit

To join the Gift for Life/NSS team and fundraise, or to donate, visit, or contact team co-captains, Su Hilty, at, or Caroline Kennedy at

Originally posted Tuesday, Mar. 6, 2018

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