Beekman Boys to Receive Industry Achievement Award

Creators of Beekman 1802 to be honored at the 66th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards and first-ever Century Awards.

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May 3, 2017—Gift for Life, the gift and home industries' sole charitable organization, has announced the Beekman Boys will be honored with the Gift for Life 2017 Industry Achievement Award during Gifts and Decorative Accessories' 66th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards and first-ever Century Awards, taking place on Sunday, August 20, 2017, in New York City. The award, which recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry, will be presented to The Beekman Boys – Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge, founders of lifestyle brand Beekman 1802.

The Beekman 1802 brand includes signature beauty, home and food products available at leading retailers including Henri Bendel, Anthropologie, Williams-Sonoma and other partners. Their hit television show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys, was followed by popular The Beekman 1802 cookbooks, and their memoir of farm life, The Bucolic Plague, was a national best seller.

“Our company was founded as a reflection of the strong spirit of community that surrounds us all,” said founders Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge. “Gift for Life’s supports for DIFFA: (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is very special to us. We are proud to accept this award because of our shared values.”

“We honor The Beekman Boys not merely for their brand’s influence and success,” said George Kacic, chair of the Gift for Life board. “Their mission of good design, function, generosity and care is a reminder to us all about what matters most for our businesses and our lives. Their story is compelling because it has heart and it’s an example of creating products with purpose.”

100 YEARS REA The Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award will be presented to The Beekman Boys at the 66th Annual Retailer Excellence Awards (REAs) and first-ever Century Awards, on Sunday, August 20, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York. Hosted by Gifts and Decorative Accessories, the REA Century Awards will recognize nominees for the following special Century Awards: Retailer Century Award, the Supplier Century Award, the Sales Representative/Agency Century Award, the Designer Century Award and the Influencer Century Award. During this festive industry gathering, finalists will be recognized, winners will be announced and special recognition awards will be presented.

Each year, Gift for Life hosts events throughout the U.S. benefitting DIFFA: (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS). 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.

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