Gift for Life, IMC raise funds during Las Vegas Market for crisis-related hunger relief

LAS VEGAS – January 10, 2023 – Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ sole charity, and International Market Centers (IMC) are kicking off 2023 fundraising at the Winter Las Vegas Market, January 28 – February 2, 2023 at World Market Center Las Vegas. Proceeds raised by participating brands, sales agencies and retailers will aid World Central Kitchen’s (WCK) crisis-related hunger relief around the globe.

“As we start a new year, we are reminded that crisis-related hunger persists throughout the world,” said Cole Daugherty, Gift for Life Chair. “We’re delighted to host our first fundraiser of the year in partnership with the Las Vegas Market.  Our goal is to raise $20,000 for World Central Kitchen with this event.”

Matthew Katzenson, Gift for Life board member and principal of the Fine Lines sales agency, is spearheading the January fundraiser.  In addition to Fine Lines, other participants confirmed to date are:  Hachette Buying Group, K Hall Studio, Meri Meri, Poppy Popcorn, Nest: New Era Sales Team, Road Runners, Rock Scissor Paper. Soulku and Toyology.  IMC, owner/operator of Las Vegas Market, also has pledged a $2,500 donation toward the goal. 

“IMC is honored to maintain its long-standing support for Gift for Life by hosting this first fundraiser of the year,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “With its appeal to the gift and home industry alike, Las Vegas Market is well-positioned to support an organization that is helping to feed the hungry.”

Las Vegas Market exhibitors are raising money in a variety of ways including donations of a portion of at-Market sales, pledging $1 per order or flat-fee contributions. To donate, visit

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