Isn’t that what they say?
“What you sow is what you reap.” “As your deed is, so is your destiny.” “Chickens always come home to roost.”
Last week the annual New York Home Furnishings & Design Coalition Summer Social 2011 was held at Manhattan’s Tribeca Loft. More than 350 professionals from all facets of the interior design industry, including our own kitchen and bath segment, enjoyed an evening of champagne and friends, connections and reconnections, laughter, conversation and oh yes…we raised some money for charity.
This year’s charity beneficiary was Young Adult Institute (YAI). YAI works with adults with Autism. You don’t hear about adults with Autism much. Most special schools and programs available for Autistic folks end when they reach 21 years old. Then these autistic child/adults just seem to disappear… Where do they go?
No, you don’t hear very much about adults with Autism, but then again that doesn’t seem so unusual if you think about it. Folks with Autism don’t make much noise.
It’s been proven that art gives many Autistic folks a means to communicate. The YAI organization helps Autistic adults connect and thrive through visual arts programs. Art replaces silence and frustration with a voice and hope. But art costs money.
Abstract Collage by YAI client artist Malvin Palmer
It’s been a challenging couple of years for our industry. Our clients haven’t been running in droves to renovate or redecorate. They haven’t been racing to build dream a home or recreate a celebrity chef’s kitchen.
Still, the interior design industry came out last week and gave what they could and more to help YAI break the silence.
Everyone was generous and supportive, but our own Kitchen & Bath industry represented fully 50 percent of the sponsorships.
Brizo’s beautiful Siderna faucet set with glass inserts
Brizo and their NY representative Altherm, Dornbracht America, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, Pennville Custom Cabinetry, Rohl and Sub Zero/Wolf through its representative Westye, were all there. For many this is an annual event.
Jenn-Air’s Side by Side built in earned the top spot in consumer ranking two years in a row
They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Truly heart starts beating with you.
Thanks also to Benjamin Moore, Lutron Electronics, Hunter Douglas, Robert Allen, The Ruffled Window and Earth Gallery. They always make our project shine but their sponsorships help to bring light to an Autistic adult’s eyes.
We are grateful to White Glove Transportation who also contributed their backs to save those of the committee members, mine included. They safely and efficiently transported the donated auction items from the consolidation point to the venue and then helped the winners transport their treasures home.
We ask our vendors for a lot. Their goods and services can make or break our businesses. Last week they gave even more. They helped replace silence with “voice,” frustration with hope.
These vendor/friends and the many who donated wonderful goods for auction will stay in the hearts and minds of everyone they touched.
—Roberta Kravette AKBD, LEED AP ID+C