DFAD REVEAL PARTY AND CELEBRATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2015

DESIGN FOR A DIFFERENCE CELEBRATION AND BIG REVEAL OF
BRIDGING’S FOUND IT! ESTATE STORE RECEIVES CHARITY MAKEOVER AS PART OF DESIGN FOR A DIFFERENCE MOVEMENT

Meet local designers who spearheaded the initiative along with celebrity designer Mark Brunetz at celebration and reveal event

BLOOMINGTON, MN: Bridging’s FOUND IT! Estate Store was chosen for a charity makeover as part of the Design for a Difference movement, taking place across North America. Sponsored locally by, Lucy Interior Design and Intersource, Bridging’s retail space received a complete transformation to create an inviting and user-friendly space. The public is invited to meet the Design for a Difference team along with celebrity designer and national spokesperson Mark Brunetz at the reveal event on Thursday, October 29th from 5-8pm.

Design for a Difference is the only community driven designer movement, sponsored by International Design Guild, bringing interior designers and businesses together to makeover spaces at local charities and nonprofit organizations.

The partnership began last April when design principal Lucy Penfield of Lucy Interior Design contacted Bridging with the offer to transform a space of their choosing into something spectacular, inviting, and user friendly. Naturally, Bridging jumped at the idea. Having re-opened their FOUND IT! Estate Store in February 2015 with no budget for aesthetic improvements, Bridging requested a store makeover.

Local designers jumped into action this summer drawing inspiration from a tour of Bridging’s warehouse of household items and a shopping experience with Bridging clients. The FOUND IT! Estate Store was then given a complete floor to ceiling face lift, including a fresh coat of paint; updated flooring, lighting and display fixtures; and a vast selection of new and used merchandise for sale.

Bridging’s FOUND IT! Estate Store features 2,000 square feet of retail space with an eclectic mix of donated gently used furniture, home décor, distinctive and vintage items. Proceeds from the store’s sales go directly towards helping Bridging provide furniture and household goods to over 4,000 families and individuals in the Twin Cities Metro transitioning out of homelessness and poverty each year.

“This is just another way that our community can support Bridging and our clients. Proceeds from our sales will help us build awareness and fill inventory gaps. And if you’re a shopper, you’ll love the unique, one-of-a-kind selection.” said Mark Wilkening, Executive Director of Bridging.

The public is invited to help celebrate the FOUND IT! Estate Store big reveal, meet the Design for a Difference Team and celebrity designer Mark Brunetz while enjoying complimentary refreshments.
WHAT: Design for a Difference Reveal – FREE EVENT WHEN: Thursday, October 29 from 5-8 p.m. WHERE: FOUND IT! Estate Store 8098 Morgan Circle South, Bloomington

ABOUT BRIDGING: Bridging, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization serving the greater Twin Cities, is the largest furniture bank in the United States. Through the effective reuse of donated items, we improve lives by providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Full details can be found at www.bridging.org

ABOUT DESIGN FOR A DIFFERENCE: Design for a Difference is The International Design Guild’s first ever community-driven designer movement that brings socially conscious showrooms together with interior designers and other businesses to makeover needed spaces at local charities. More info at designforadifference.com

DESIGN FOR A DIFFERENCE PARTNERS AND DESIGNERS: International Design Guild, Design for a Difference, Lucy Interior Design, Intersource, Inc., Charlie & Co., Mary Hickey Interiors, Cheryl Kelsey Interior Design, Inunison Design, Katie Bassett Interiors, Design by Lisa, Fiddlehead Design Group,
Insite Interiors.

MEDIA ALERT: The media is invited to take a pre-event tour, take photos and conduct interviews with participating local designers, celebrity designer Mark Brunetz and Bridging representatives on Thursday, October 29th at FOUND IT! Estate Store 8098 Morgan Circle South, Bloomington. To schedule a time, please contact Tara Burns, Bridging Marketing & Communications, tara.burns@bridging.org or 952.460.1035.