Furniture Sharehouse, a non-profit that provides free furniture to needy families, will hold its First Annual “Furnish a Family” Benefit on
Friday, October 22, 2010, at the Larchmont Yacht Club. Interior designer Samuel Botero and decorative rug consultant and author Alix G. Perrachon will share their passion for design and insider tips on “Making a House a Home.”
The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound will also be honored with the First Annual “Make a House a Home” Award for their many years of support.
An auction will be led by Helen Kippax of The Antiques Brokerage House, Ltd., which will include antique items donated to Furniture Sharehouse, as well as unique “one-of-a-kind” chairs and other furniture items that have been “reinvented” by well-known Westchester interior designers and artists.
The Mamaroneck Artist’s Guild (MAG) has over a dozen members who are participating in the event, re-inventing chairs and other items. Laura Heiss, MAG member and an art teacher in the New Rochelle School District says, “This is a great opportunity for our members to do something a little different and also benefit a great charity organization that helps people who live right here in our community.”
Furniture Sharehouse was founded in 2007 with the support of The Junior League of Westchester on the Sound, and has distributed over 12,000 items of free furniture to over 2,700 individuals who were moving out of homeless shelters, escaping domestic violence, or recovering from personal or natural disasters.
In the last year, the number of families seeking our assistance increased by 40% and we currently have a waiting list of 40-50 families who don’t have a bed to sleep on, a table to eat at, or a sofa to sit with family at the end of the day. We provide Westchester’s neediest families with the basic furniture they desperately need to turn their empty apartments into stable and comfortable homes to help them rebuild their lives.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.furnituresharehouse.org
–submitted by Kate Bialo, Exec. Director of the Furniture Sharehouse