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October 17, 2019Cart


by Fairfield County Business Journal

They spell charity ‘chair-ity’

In front holding the check, Mary Grande, left, and Christie Stewart, both of New Reach. Middle row from left, all from IDS, Kathleen Bivona, Holly Sutton-Darr and Shirley Mitchell. Top row, from left, all from IDS, Diane Rivera, Diana Hall and Julie Albrecht.

Designers and members of the Interior Design Society’s Connecticut chapter and artisans who work with the I.M. Smitten company in Trumbull came together to redesign chairs for charity. The furniture was auctioned to raised funds for the New Reach Organization, which has locations in Norwalk, Bridgeport and West Haven. Smitten hosted the event for more than 100 guests.

Each year the designers gather to create a new “CHAIR-ity” event and identify a special cause. The latest event raised $8,000 to help build a community room for New Reach’s Life Haven Shelter, a homeless center for families. More than a dozen interior designers and artists repurposed chairs with their custom designs for the silent auction. The catered event also included a raffle and music by Rick Reyes.

I.M. Smitten manufactures custom furnishings such as case goods and cabinets, wall panels, partitions, unique doors, tables and benches. The Interior Design Society is an independent national organization with more than 2,000 members. New Reach is involved in helping provide housing for all those in Connecticut who are in need of a safe, secure and affordable place to live.