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

Furniture World News Desk on 6/24/2019

Las Vegas Market announced  that Kathy Ireland, Chair, CEO and Chief Designer of global lifestyle brand kathy ireland® Worldwide and ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, will be the featured guest at the 9th annual “Up on the Roof” fundraiser benefiting Gift for Life, on Monday, July 29, 2019, at Summer 2019 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,” said Bob Maricich, chief executive officer for 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. Kathy is Chair, CEO & Chief Designer for kathy ireland® Worldwide (kiWW®), a leading design and marketing firm that skillfully translates trends for all markets and price points. Kathy has graced the cover of Forbes Magazine three times, internationally (2012, 2016), is listed as the 25th most powerful brand globally by License! Global magazine, and according to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland® is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. Ms. Ireland was honored by Gift for Life and DIFFA with the first Design For Life Award in 2011 for her work in the design field. Kathy and kathy ireland® Worldwide support philanthropy in many powerful ways, including the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation for whom Kathy is also an Ambassador.

“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, including kathy ireland® Home by Pacific Coast Lighting (showroom A301); kathy ireland® Office by Bush Furniture (showroom A1036); kathy ireland® Home by Nourison (showroom C112); Michael Amini | kathy ireland® Home Designs (showrooms C1696, C1601); and kathy ireland® Homes & Gardens (TK Classics, showrooms C13-0401). The items include designs from the lighting, home furnishings, office, rugs, outdoor furniture categories and more.

The popular “Up on the Roof” fundraiser typically draws a crowd of more than 300 industry executives, who join together to eat, drink, dance, network and raise funds for the industry’s charity in a superb setting, 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, which cost $25 each, or five for $100, 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.

About Gift for Life: Founded in 1992 to unite the gift and home industries against AIDS, Gift for Life has raised more than $5 million through special events, cause-related marketing and corporate and individual donations. In 2018, with Gift for Life’s help, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, granted $285,000 to 26 organizations providing HIV/AIDS service and education programs nationwide. For additional information visit www.giftforlife.org.

More about Las Vegas Market: 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 Summer 2019 Las Vegas Market runs July 28 – Aug. 1, 2019. For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

More about International Market Centers, L.P.: Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 12.2 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/.