Chavez for Charity to Receive Industry Achievement Award

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Leading Fashion Jewelry & Accessories Company to be Honored at Retailer Excellence Awards

Chavez for Charity Signature Collection Black Bracelets

“We deeply appreciate Julie and Joe’s dedication to supporting more than ten charitable organizations, among them Gift for Life,” said Frank Joens, Chair of the Gift for Life board.

Gift for Life, the gift and home industries' sole national charitable organization, has announced Chavez for Charity will be honored with the Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award during Gifts and Decorative Accessories' 65th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards, taking place on Sunday, August 21, 2016, in New York City. The award recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry. Chavez for Charity is a leading fashion jewelry & accessories company that is unique in its mission and has a purpose much greater than profits. Supporting their trademark phrase ‘Colors for Causes’, for every product sold, Chavez for Charity donates 25% of profits to charitable causes worldwide.

Founded in 2013 by Julie Marie Chavez and Joe Cerbo, Chavez for Charity has raised more than $1 million for their partner charities. The company’s coveted collection of colorful jewelry and iconic bracelets are available in over 6,000 stores across the U.S. and Canada as well as online at ChavezforCharity.com. As of January 1, 2015, 25% of profits from the sales of Chavez for Charity’s Signature Collection black bracelets, necklaces and earrings, have supported Gift for Life. Additionally, in connection with World AIDS Day 2015, 25% of profits from the sales of Chavez for Charity’s World AIDS Day bracelets – black accented with red detail to symbolize hope and solidarity with HIV-positive people and those living with AIDS – also benefitted Gift for Life. To date, Chavez for Charity has donated over $50,000 for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, education and advocacy. For information and/or orders, please call 973-337-8551 or email info(at)chavezforcharity(dot)com.

“Chavez for Charity was founded in order to support a range of charitable causes that make a difference in people’s lives,” said Joe Cerbo, Co-Founder and CEO. “Julie and I are honored to accept this award on behalf of our loyal employees, rep groups and customers, as well as the causes and organizations we support such as Gift for Life.”

“We deeply appreciate Julie and Joe’s dedication to supporting more than ten charitable organizations, among them Gift for Life,” said Frank Joens, Chair of the Gift for Life board. “No company has created a more compelling, stylish, and rewarding partnership program. Their tremendous success story in turn becomes our success story.”

The Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award will be presented to Chavez for Charity at the 65th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards (REAs), on Sunday, August 21, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York. Hosted by Gifts and Decorative Accessories, the Retailer Excellence Awards recognize excellence in retailing and individual achievement.  During this festive industry gathering, 2015 finalists will be recognized, retail category winners will be announced and special recognition awards will be presented.  Tickets, which are $185 each including cocktails and dinner, are available through http://www.giftsanddec.com.

Each year, Gift for Life hosts events throughout the U.S. benefitting DIFFA. The primary mission of Gift for Life and DIFFA is to eradicate the AIDS pandemic in the U.S. Working together, Gift for Life and DIFFA will continue to raise funds for HIV/AIDS service and education programs. For information, or to register for Gift for Life’s free e-newsletter, visit http://www.giftforlife.org.

ABOUT GIFT FOR LIFE and DIFFA
Gift for Life unites the gift and home industries against AIDS with more than $5 million raised since its inception in 1992. In 2008, Gift for Life selected DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the U.S., as its sole national charity partner. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide more than $41 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide. More information is available at http://www.giftforlife.org and at http://www.diffa.org.

ABOUT CHAVEZ FOR CHARITY
Chavez for Charity was founded in early 2013 by jewelry designer Julie Marie Chavez and Joe Cerbo. Through the sale of a colorful assortment of jewelry & accessories, Chavez for Charity’s mission is to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes worldwide. Chavez for Charity donates 25% of profits from the sale of their products to organizations like, Gift for Life, Matthew Shepard Foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Best Friends Animal Society, and Pencils of Promise. For more information, please visit http://www.chavezforcharity.com.

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