Mar 9, 2022
Gift for Life and NY NOW team up for AIDS Walk New York 2022

Gift for Life, the gift and home decor industries’ sole national charitable organization, and NY NOW are fielding a team for the in-person return of AIDS Walk New York 2022, an annual 10K walk raising funds for GMHC, on Sunday, May 15, in New York’s Central Park. NY NOW has pledged to match the first $8,000 in donations.

“This year marks the beginning of our second decade participating in this wonderful life-giving event,” said Caroline Kennedy, team co-captain for the Gift For Life/NY NOW team. “Over the last ten years, we have raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for GMHC. For 2022, the team has raised its fundraising bar and set a very ambitious goal of $40,000… and with the industry’s support we can do it!”

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, AIDS Walk New York has been held virtually for the last two years. “We are so excited to return to walk in Central Park!” added Su Hilty, team co-captain and honorary board member for Gift for Life. “We are thrilled to have NY NOW as our partner once again and are delighted to kick-start our fundraising with their generous $8,000 matching pledge.”

Amy Loewenberg, senior relations manager for NY NOW, remarked: “AIDS Walk New York is a vital lifeline helping those effected by HIV/AIDS here in the New York metropolitan area. Our partnership with Gift for Life is a highly valued one that has grown for over two decades and we couldn’t be more excited to team-up with Gift For Life again this year to help raise awareness and funds for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy!”

Gift for Life Board Chair, Cole Daugherty added: “Our organization was founded in 1992 to fight HIV/AIDS, and our annual participation in AIDS Walk is a meaningful continuation of our work to end the epidemic. We invite industry buyers, suppliers and service providers to join us and make a difference.”

Now in its 37th year, AIDS Walk New York has inspired nearly 890,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $155 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 individuals 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/NY NOW team and fundraise, or to donate, visit, or contact team co-captains, Su Hilty, at, or Caroline Kennedy at

Gift for Life

Gift for Life was founded in 1992 by a small group of gift industry professionals responding to the tragic loss of friends and colleagues as a result of AIDS. Since then, Gift for Life has raised nearly $6M for AIDS research and education, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment with charity partners AmfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research) (1992-2007) and DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (2008-2020). Beginning in 2020, with COVID-19 temporarily causing cancelation of in-person events at industry markets, Gift for Life pivoted toward online digital events, with a specific emphasis on supporting World Central Kitchen’s crisis-related food insecurity programs. More information is available at


NY NOW is a wholesale market, which offers a diverse range of products for discerning retailers, museum stores and specialty buyers. For more information, visit

AIDS Walk New York & GMHC

AIDS Walk New York is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. In its over 30 years, the event has inspired nearly 890,000 people to walk and millions more to donate, raising nearly $155 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The funds raised at the event benefit GMHC, a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported, and community-based organization which provides prevention and care services to individuals living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City. GMHC advocates for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide. For information, visit and

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