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Habitat Bucks Seeks Designers for Upcycle Challenge
Creations Will Be Auctioned at Hard Hats & High Heels Benefit

Sponsor: Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County
Author: Beth Brody, Brody PR, beth@brodypr.com, 908-295-0600

Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County invites professional designers, including furniture makers, interior designers, decorators, artists, craftsmen, and college students studying design, to participate in its “Upcycle/ReStore Designer Challenge”. Designers are provided with an item of their choice from the Habitat ReStore in Chalfont or Langhorne, and they then transform it into a one-of-a-kind furnishing that will be showcased and auctioned at Habitat’s “Hard Hat &High Heels” 2017 gala.

The deadline for restoring and turning in a furnishing for the Challenge is April 1, 2017. The Habitat for Humanity ReStores are located at: 31 Oak Avenue, Suite 100 in Chalfont and 1337 E Lincoln Hwy, in Langhorne.

“Contributing a piece to be showcased in our gala is a great opportunity to display your creative talent,” says Florence Kawoczka, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County. 

“We have enjoyed upcycling a furniture piece for Habitat for Humanity's Designer Challenge for the past three years,” says Deanna Lorenti, IFDA, Deanna's Interior Designs. “Each piece has had its challenges but that's what makes it fun to create and makes us think "outside of the box". The satisfaction comes from knowing that you’ve helped raise money to build Habitat homes.”

The Hard Hats & High Heels gala will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 6:30 – 10:00 p.m. at Spring Mill Manor in Ivyland. In addition to the silent auction featuring unique items and exclusive Designer Challenge creations, the evening will also include open bar, hors d'oeuvres, a delicious three-course dinner, and a live auction of special destinations and experiences called by auctioneer Michael Ivankovich. Proceeds provide critical resources for Habitat Bucks’ homeownership and home repair programs. In 2016, the event raised more than $105,000. 

For more info, contact Candace Clarke, Resource Development Director, at  c.clarke@habitatbucks.org or (215)822-2812, x316. Tickets to the gala can be ordered  online.

About Habitat Bucks

The mission of Habitat for Humanity of Bucks County (Habitat Bucks) is, “Building Communities, Empowering Families.” Habitat Bucks has an open-door policy: All who believe that everyone deserves a decent, affordable place to live are welcome to volunteer to lend a helping hand.

The Habitat Bucks Homeownership Program provides an opportunity for low-income families to build strength, stability and self-reliance by partnering with Habitat. Habitat homebuyers contribute a minimum of 200 hours of sweat equity during the construction of their homes.

Since 1990,  Habitat Bucks has built 103 affordable homes in Bucks County. Through its A Brush with Kindness home repair program, Habitat Bucks also makes repairs and minor modifications that preserve an affordable home and make it safe. Revenue from Habitat ReStores provides a source of sustainable funding for the construction and repair of homes.


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Courtney Klinger from Philadelphia-based DAS Architects totally transformed this bench into a unique, new piece.
Courtney Klinger from Philadelphia-based DAS Architects totally transformed this bench into a unique, new piece.
Courtney Klinger from Philadelphia-based DAS Architects totally transformed this bench into a unique, new piece.
Courtney Klinger from Philadelphia-based DAS Architects totally transformed this bench into a unique, new piece.