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06242019 Kathy Ireland to Headline Gift for Life Fundraiser at Las Vegas Market

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Kathy Ireland, ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, will be the featured guest at the 9th annual "Up on the Roof" fundraiser

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas Market announced today that Kathy Ireland,  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 and 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. 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, area 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 p.m.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, 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.


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.


Las Vegas Market is the leading home furnishings and gift market in the western U.S., presenting 4,300+ furniture, home décor and gift resources in an unrivaled market destination. Las Vegas Market features thousands of furniture, home décor and gift lines, allowing for cross-category commerce among these industries. The Summer 2019 Las Vegas Market runs July 28 - Aug. 1, 2019 at World Market Center Las Vegas.

About International Market Centers

International Market Centers (IMC) is the world's largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta. IMC's mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furniture, gift, home décor, rug, and apparel industries. For more information on IMC, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

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