August 3, 2022
Gift for Life and NY NOW partner for two-part fundraising campaign

Gift for Life has partnered with NY NOW to host Together NOW – a two-pronged fundraising campaign – with $1 per order exhibitor donations and proceeds from an art auction – benefiting World Central Kitchen (WCK) during the Summer Market, Aug. 14-17, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

“We at NY NOW understand the importance of giving back to the communities that support us each day, which is why we are so excited to partner with Gift for Life to support World Central Kitchen’s mission to provide for communities impacted by natural disasters and prolonged humanitarian crises,” said Meg Estevez, vice president of marketing at NY NOW. “With the help of our exhibitors, who will be donating $1 from each order written during the 2022 Summer Market, and Ricardo Robles, who will be auctioning off two original paintings online, we are proud to say that 100% of the funds raised will be going to this amazing cause. We can’t wait to make a difference through highlighting these artisan brands and their products, all while making a lasting and positive impact.”

As of the date of this release, 31 exhibitors have already committed to participate in the $1 per order NY NOW Summer Market fundraiser, with others added daily.  For a complete list of confirmed participants, visit Participants, confirmed to date, are:

  • 33 By Hand
  • Astraèa & Co.
  • Cherapy
  • Craft Cocktail Infusions
  • dooloop
  • Global Solutions, Inc
  • ili New York
  • Jennifer Woods
  • Judi Powers Jewelry
  • Life of Spice
  • Madd Capp
  • Maple Landmark
  • May You Know Joy Inc
  • MetaLace Jewelry
  • Mysterium Collection
  • Nielsen Trading, Inc.
  • PureNY Jewelry LLC
  • Retro 1951, Inc.
  • Retrospect group
  • Rolser
  • Rubyzaar
  • Shirayuki Ltd.
  • Tey-Art Inc
  • Tokens & Icons
  • Triangle Fragrance
  • Whitney Designs Inc
  • WorldFinds
  • Yanawara

Additionally, funds will be raised through an online auction of original artwork – created live onsite during NY NOW – from renowned artist, Ricardo Robles, one of the top emerging artists in the West today. The sale of two of his paintings of iconic New York City scenes, The Grand Army Plaza and The Brooklyn Bridge, will begin on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10:00 a.m. and run until Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 3:00 p.m. Robles has had his work included in museums and galleries across the United States. Originally from New York City, he now lives and works in Round Rock, Texas on the outskirts of the Texas Hill Country. Visit to make a bid.

“NY NOW has been a long-standing Gift for Life partner,” said Cole Daugherty, Gift for Life Chair. “We admire and appreciate NY NOW’s creative approach to fundraising for World Central Kitchen this August.”

Funds raised through Together NOW will be directed to World Central Kitchen’s (WCK) #ChefsForUkraine program which has served more than 27 million meals across eight countries since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th, 2022.

Through the program, WCK is bringing hundreds of thousands of daily meals and 12 million pounds of food to over 3,000 distribution sites across Ukraine to provide fresh meals to Ukrainian families fleeing home as well as people remaining in the country.

Donations, in support of World Central Kitchen can be made at or by scanning the QR code.

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