The Las Vegas Market will host the eighth annual Up on the Roof gala charity event benefiting Gift For Life, the charitable organization for the gift, stationery and home décor industries, on Monday, July 30, during the summer Las Vegas Market, July 29 to August 2.
The 2018 fundraiser will be themed “Erase Hate: A Celebration of Love,” in connection with the 20th anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard, an event that galvanized support for the gay and lesbian community.
Judy Shepard, Matthew’s mother, will attend the show and the Up on the Roof benefit. Multi-line sales agency Fine Lines will host a meet and greet with Shepard on Monday, July 30 from noon to 4 p.m., in its showroom on C10. The meet and greet will include a signing of her book, “The Meaning of Matthew, My Son’s Murder in Laramie and A World Transformed.”
Fine Lines is sales and marketing representative for Chavez for Charity, a supplier of bracelets, necklaces and earrings that are sold to raise awareness and funds for critical causes. The vendor will introduce a special Matthew Shepard 20th anniversary commemorative bracelet at the summer market.
The Up On the Roof gala will take place on July 30, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the WorldView Ballroom, 16th floor, World Market Center Building B. Party-goers will enjoy a full bar, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, a silent auction, entertainment and an opportunity to purchase the Chavez for Charity Matthew Shepard 20th anniversary commemorative bracelets and Erase Hate t-shirts. Tickets to Up on the Roof are $25 each or five for $100. Proceeds will support The Matthew Shepard Foundation and DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.
“Las Vegas Market is deeply committed to the industry’s chosen charity, Gift For Life, and its critical mission to raise funds for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education and advocacy,” said Esther Ossei-Anto, International Market Centers senior marketing manager and a newly appointed Gift For Life board member. “This year, our supportive efforts take on a new dimension, with the theme of Erase Hate: A Celebration of Love, memorializing the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s murder, a turning point in the American conversation about hate and how we as a people address our fears around things we do not know or understand. Las Vegas Market is proud to lend our voices to this dialogue and to demonstrate our continuing dedication to the industry charity.”