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Gift for Life’s Party for Life Raises Nearly $200,000

Gift for Life, the gift, stationery and home décor industries’ sole charitable organization, announced recently that its Party for Life event raised nearly $200,000. The 21st annual event was held in late January in New York City. Since its founding in 1992, Gift for Life has raised more than $5 million.

“Each year this event draws a crowd that is enthusiastic and generous,” said Leslie Nathan-Street, Gift for Life chairperson. “This year we welcomed more than 450 guests as we raised funds to support DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’ mission of care and education. Thanks to everyone for helping make this event a huge success.”

Aurora and Bruno and Company Partner to Aid Hurricane Sandy Victims

Pictured are Aurora plush toys that are benefiting Hurricane Sandy victims and honoring the storm’s first responders. Many of these heros spent days helping victims to safety while in the midst of suffering tremendous personal losses.

Aurora World Inc. and Wildwood, N.J.–based, rep Bruno Catrambone of Bruno and Company are partnering to raise money for Hurricane Sandy's Restore the Shore effort. Aurora has launched a new plush line, the Jersey Shore First Responder Collection, honoring the storm’s first responders. A portion of the sales of this plush will be donated to the New Jersey Amusement Association’s (NJAA) “First Responders Relief Fund.”

Jelly Belly Unveils New Disney-Themed Packagess

Jelly Belly Candy Company has unveiled a new line of gifts for a variety of special occasions. Iconic Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy are featured on the new special edition Jelly Belly® jelly beans 2.8-ounce peg gift bags.

The Jelly Belly jelly beans inside complement the corresponding character in color, and a writeable space on the bags gives the gift-giver room to personalize the remembrance.

Safari Ltd® Introduces More than 100 Educational Toys

Safari Ltd®, a family-owned manufacturer and worldwide distributor of museum-quality, educational toys, has expanded its collections with more than 100 new hand-painted products for 2013.

New additions include mythical creatures, wildlife, sea life, Life Cycle sets, miniature replicas and dinosaurs, including the Carnegie Concavenator authenticated by Carnegie Museum of Natural History paleontologists. Safari Ltd® also launched an extensive glow-in-the-dark collection.

Leanin’ Tree Donations to Funds Benefiting Children and Conservation Top $37,000

Leanin’ Tree, Inc. continued its support of The Children’s Health Fund and The Conservation Fund with donations totaling $12,735 in 2012. Donations are based on a portion of wholesale greeting card sales from two card lines, Kid Quips® and Your True Nature®, launched in 2011. Donations since the introductions now total over $37,000.

Nova Point of Sale for Retailers

Nova Point of Sale is the most user friendly, innovative, fun and secure management tool that can control every aspect of your gift shop business. Founded as a retail consulting company, Nova offers services that aid entrepreneurs in managing and improving their business by providing tools to help control your day-to-day operations. The company’s innovative money making features like our real time dashboard, where you can watch all of your business activity live as its happening, will propel your business into overdrive. How about motivating your employees with our sales competition wizard and encouraging them through the live chat? Who wouldn’t like to take a vacation, lie on a beach worry free, while monitoring your business on your mobile phone? This past September, Nova was named to the prestigious Empact 100 List, the largest showcase of the best companies started by young entrepreneurs throughout the United States. Allow Nova Point of Sales to help you automate your business.

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