Readers, yesterday I shared with you about how dreams come true in a post that was very personal to me about my own journey. here. Today, I’d like to share with you how we can all make a dream come true for those less fortunate than ourselves by entering the International Design Guild’s “Design For A Difference “contest, open until June 1, 2014, to all designers in the US and Canada to win $25,000 for a makeover for your favorite local charity! 4 regional winners will also win $2000.00 each for four more local charities and all 5 designers will be flown to the winning location to assist in the makeover over a 2 day period while a professionally produced video is shot documenting the transformation, guided by Mark Brunetz, the national spokesperson for the International Design Guild’s Design For A Difference contest.
Click here to read Mark’s own post about Design For A Difference. And click here for a complete fact sheet.
You do not have to submit a design sketch for this contest and you don’t have to pay money to belong to the International Design Guild. You just have to enter with a story, on this link:
It’s that simple. Click here, to see the video of how Mark announced the winning charities and designers and their affiliated International Design Guild flooring showrooms for last year, 2013.
Here’s the *before* of the Transitions shelter for women and children in Spokane, Washington, last year’s winning charity…and…
Here’s the look on one of the mother’s faces when she saw the after…below.
Readers, some of you know that I wrote here , last Thursday, about Dallas’ Dwell With Dignity, a charity I support that is headquartered in Dallas. I hope one of my designer friends who volunteers for them locally in Dallas will nominate them for this award as Dwell With Dignity is at the Design Bloggers Conference this weekend, too, with all of us here in Atlanta, where the founder, Lisa, and the VP of Development, Kim, will be speaking.
This picture of the mothers with their children, and the happy smiles on these children’s faces when they saw the *after* of Transitions, their current home that was last year’s winning Design For A Difference charity, almost says it all.. but..
this one does.
And, if you’re not familiar with Mark, I quote from his website:
” In 2002, Mark began hosting for MTV, HGTV and TLC before joining the cast of Clean House on the Style Network. After eight seasons on the show, Mark helped build an international franchise that includes Clean House Comes Clean for which he served as co-host and consulting producer and Clean House: The Messiest Home in the Country for which he received an Emmy® Award in 2010.
A prominent lifestyle expert, Mark penned his first book Take the U Out of Clutter: The Last Clutter Book You’ll Ever Need which was nominated for Best Organizing Book by the National Association of Professional Organizers in 2013. Sharing his unique approach to design and de-cluttering, he now currently travels internationally speaking to both the public and design professionals alike.
Mark is also associated with a variety of other non-profit organizations such as THE BIG ISSUE in South Africa and Step Up On Second, Inc., a Clinton Global Initiative that converts facilities into LEED-certified, permanent housing for homeless individuals suffering from mental illness.”
Again, the link to enter: http://idgcontest.com and the deadline is June 1st with the winners to be announced on August 1, 2014. For complete contest rules before you enter, please click here. http://internationaldesignguild.com.
Here’s the designer who won the 25,000 prize last year for Transitions, Leslie Ann Schifferns, a certified professional designer in Spokane Washington with over 20 years of experience and the Department Chair of Spokane Falls College. Click here to see the professionally produced video and see what it meant to her to win this and to the other 4 designers who won regional prizes. Bring your kleenex!
Thank you for reading Hadley Court, I appreciate you and never take your time for granted. I hope you will help me spread the word about this wonderful contest where one charity and one designer will win $25,000 and 4 more regional winners will win 2000.00 each by sharing this post or writing your own post about Design For A Difference. All the details for you can be found here.
Leslie Hendrix Wood
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