NEW YORK–Gift for Life will honor two industry leading organizations and individuals—Kurt Adler Inc, Clare Brett Smith and Norman Glassberg—during its Party for Life in February.
Kurt Adler is being honored with Gift for Life’s Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award. Founded by Kurt S. Adler in 1946, the company has been a leading importer of holiday decorations for more than 60 years. “As a family business we have long recognized the need to help support community service and education programs,” said Cliff Adler, Kurt Adler Inc. co-president. “We appreciate the recognition from Gift for Life and their continuing efforts across the U.S.”
Clare Brett Smith, president emerita of Aid to Artisans, is receiving Gift for Life’s Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award. Smith was a craft importer for 15 years before joining the nonprofit Aid to Artisans, where she served as president for more than 20 years and helped to create economic opportunities for low-income artisan groups around the world. Today, as an independent crafts professional based in Farmington, CT, Smith continues to be active in the industry, working with programs such as the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, hosted by the Aspen Institute; and the Hand/Eye Fund and magazine. “Economic opportunities go hand in hand with health care and education. These are the building blocks of successful communities around the world, which Gift for Life clearly recognizes,” Smith said. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of craftspeople and the larger creative business community.”
Norman Glassberg, founder of Trade Associates Group Ltd (tag), is being honored posthumously with the Trailblazer Award, which in future years will be called the Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award. Glassberg founded tag as a sales representative firm in the Chicago Merchandise Mart in 1975. Glassberg was a noted philanthropist, who served dozens of local and national organizations, foundations, and public service groups. Glassberg also upheld manufacturing standards that are responsible, sustainable and earth-friendly, through utilization of recycled and renewable materials. The company also practices ethical, fair trade policies and prioritizes manufacturing resources that preserve cultural traditions, encourage hand crafts, and provide a living wage to craftspeople and artisans.“Norman was a true visionary and a best friend,” said Barbara Turf, former CEO of Crate & Barrel, in a statement issued by tag following his death. “His business timing was always impeccable. His work ethic was enviably consistent. Norman’s innovation and brilliance commanded employee and industry respect. He will be deeply missed.”
Gift for Life’s 22nd Annual Party for Life, benefiting DIFFA, takes place Monday, Feb. 4, 2014, at The Boathouse in New York City’s Central Park.