Few New Yorkers will forget October 29 when Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast with damaging winds, rain and flooding, leaving tri-state area residents without power, heat, and in some cases, without a home to return to. The design industry has stepped up to the plate to help those affected through a variety of fundraising efforts. Here’s a look at who’s doing what and how you can help.
Crate & Barrel has pledged a minimum of $1.5 million over the next three years to Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to rebuild the homes and lives of America's homeowners in need. Throughout the partnership, Crate & Barrel and Rebuilding Together will join forces to support—with both financial contributions and volunteers—nation "build" projects that will provide critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades for low- income homeowners and community centers at no cost to recipients.
Crate & Barrel and Rebuilding Together voulenteers
Hunter Douglas has created the Hunter Douglas Hurricane Sandy Relief & Recovery Fund. The Company will make an initial donation of $100,000, and will match every employee donation made on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $250,000.
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has announced the planning of a public program in response to the hurricane, which will be held at the Design Center in Harlem, while the Hakakian and Minotti families have teamed up with Architectural Digest to prepare a donation for the American Red Cross to assist in their relief efforts.
The Center for Architecture has put together a fundraiser and discussion to key in on the issues of re-building and re-designing the city, keeping the issue of climate change in mind. The evening’s proceeds will be donated to disaster relief efforts through the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City. For event details and to RSVP, click here.
Starting tomorrow through Nov. 18, Roche Bobois will contribute 5% of all sales to the American Red Cross. This goes for all of the showrooms across the country: New York City, Manhasset, Philadelphia, Boston, Natick and Chicago.
Lillian August will be at Bograd’s this Saturday, Nov. 17, in Riverdale, NJ, for a special sale event. The company will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the American Red Cross for local storm relief. The sale will offer over 2 million dollars of beautiful furniture, rugs, and accessories from Lillian August, Hickory White, Bernhardt, Hickory Chair, Keno Brothers, Fauld, Maitland Smith, Theodore Alexander, Lee Industries, Four Hands and more. For more details, click here.
Watermark Designs, the Brooklyn-based manufacturer of decorative fixtures and bathroom accessories, will begin donating 5% of sales Nov. 15 from its own iconic Brooklyn faucet collection to the Brooklyn Community Foundation organization through the next six months.
SUITE New York is offering 15% off of any purchase made throughout the month of November for those whose offices and homes were affected and are in immediate need of new furniture.
On Nov. 7, Housing Works hosted its annual event Fashions for Action and donated 20% of all ticket proceeds to assist people living with HIV/AIDS who were displaced or are struggling to recover from the damage in Staten Island and the Far Rockaways, Queens.
From Nov. 9-11, Madeline Weinrib hosted a sample sale in its New York showroom and donated 10% of its profits to the American Red Cross for the relief effort.
Stay tuned for more details on all of these efforts, donations and ways to aid those struggling in the tri-state area.